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Anna Peterson

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780520226548

Published to California Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520226548.001.0001

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Person and Nature in Native American Worldviews

Person and Nature in Native American Worldviews

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(p.100) Chapter Five Person and Nature in Native American Worldviews
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Being Human
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Anna L. Peterson

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University of California Press
DOI:10.1525/california/9780520226548.003.0007

This chapter examines ideas about nature and human nature in two Native American cultures, the Koyukon of Alaska and the Navajo of the southwestern United States. It identifies some of the common themes that surface in these two traditions and explains that native cultures also emphasize the importance of attachment to particular places in shaping and motivating efforts to protect nonhuman species. It addresses some of the important issues that native ideas about persons and nature raise for comparative approaches to environmental ethics.

Keywords:   nature, human nature, Native American cultures, Koyukon of Alaska, Navajo, native cultures, environmental ethics

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