We are the Land: Native American Views of Nature

  • Annie L. Booth
Part of the Science Across Cultures: The History of Non-Western Science book series (SACH, volume 4)


This is how one Native American presents her interpretation of the indigenous understanding of nature. As we will see in this article, many Native Americans present similar understandings. Their reciprocal relationships with nature permeated every aspect of life from spirituality to making a living and led to a different way of seeing the world, what they might call a more “environmental” way of seeing the world. But is this a true picture? Increasingly there has been debate over the nature of the Native American’s relationship to the land, both past and present. This article will examine this debate and the way in which Native Americans view nature.


Natural World Environmental Ethic Spiritual Practice Native Culture Gray Whale 
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