Nature and the Environment in Pre-Columbian American Life

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Greenwood Publishing Group, 2006 - History - 210 pages
Prehistoric North Americans lived on, in, and surrounded by nature. As a result, everything they were resulted from this co-existence. From interpersonal relations to supernatural beliefs, from housing size and function to the food they ate and clothing they wore, the life of Native Americans before the arrival of Europeans was intimately intertwined with the environment. What is known about these societies is often sketchy at best, having survived largely through archaeological remains and oral tradition. Scholars have tried to understand Native American history on its own terms, trying to understand who and what they were in reality - a complex, diverse multitude of populations that defined themselves entirely through what they saw, heard, and experienced everyday - their natural environment. Nature and the Environment in Pre-Columbian American Life provides an overview of all aspects of how native peoples interacted with the environment: BL How did prehistoric North Americans use their knowledge of the environment to hunt and gather for food, or raise crops? BL What was the interaction between humans and animals? BL How did Native Americans find entertainment and leisure in their environments? BL How and where did people live in conjunction with and often in spite of the elements? This accessible resource provides an excellent introduction for those needing a first step to researching the daily lives of Native Americans in the centuries before the arrival of Europeans.

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Cultivating a Living out of the Environment
Live and Let Live
Hunting and Gathering
Religious Beliefs and Practices
Migration and Transportation
Native American Leisure and the Environment
Gender Roles in Native American Society
Annotated Bibliography

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Stacy Kowtko is assistant professor of history at Spokane Community College. She teaches Interdisciplinary Studies classes and American History classes. Her current research involves the history and culture of tourism by Americans.

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