Weekly Reflection 6

Weekly Reflection 6 - William Byun Monday Section Weekly...

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William Byun Monday Section Weekly Reflection 6 Shepard Krech III does a proper job in his book, The Ecological Indian: Myth and History , in explaining his views of the Native Americans and their relationship with nature. His beliefs, however, have created uproar amongst critics who believe that Native Americans were actually ecologically responsible and in tune with nature. Krech brings in various examples within the passages that support his beliefs which Kimberly Tallbear backs up in her own review. Krech’s argument has elicited many strong responses not only because he seems to be blaming the Native Americans for a “manipulated continent,” [ The Ecological Indian: Myth and History, 122] but he also seems to “try to ‘cancel out’ White atrocities,” [ Shepard Krech’s The Ecological Indian: One Indian’s Perspective, 2] and his argument seems to have political implications regarding Indian claims to authority over natural resource management in a subtle yet influential way, as seen by the strong responses to his writing. Krech’s argument that Native Americans had been using fire in a destructive manner has caused
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