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Lecture 14 – The Ecological Indian? Blackboard Shepherd Krech III. The Ecological Indian: Myth and History Kat Anderson. Tending the Wild Today 1) Pick up at end of lectures on NAs and EAs in 17 th century NE – comparing NR and EA resource management practices 2) Understanding relationship between Indians and Nature by comparing Krech’s & Anderson’s arguments by focusing on fire as a mgt tool 3) The ethical and political implications of the notion/stereotype that Indians either: a. Anderson: lived in “harmony” with nature b. Krech: acted as “ecologists” and/or “conservationists” 4) Key point : Set a precedent for breaking down the “white bad / others good” message that is easy to get from this class. Comparing New England settlers and Native Americans Culture: Key values: long term survival vs. short term market-based success Ways of seeing opports & constraints in nature: subsistence vs. commodification Nature-society rels: integration (inter-subjective) vs. separation (instrumental) Social organization: MoP: Subsistence agriculture / hunter-gatherer vs. market agriculture Division of labor: gender / age vs. gender / age /market position Technologies: local supply and production vs global manufacturing 1

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