Biodiversity and Native America

Author:   Paul E. Minnis ,  Wayne J. Elisens
Publisher:   University of Oklahoma Press
Edition:   New edition
ISBN:  

9780806133454


Pages:   310
Publication Date:   15 August 2001
Format:   Paperback
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Exploring the relationship between Native Americans and the natural world, Biodiversity and Native America questions the widespread view that indigenous peoples had minimal ecological impact in North America. Introducing a variety of perspectives - ethnopharmacological, ethnographic, archaeological, and biological - this volume shows that Native Americans were active managers of natural ecological systems. The book covers groups from the sophisticated agriculturalists of the Mississippi River drainage region to the low-density hunter-gatherers of arid western North America.This book allows readers to develop accurate restoration, management, and conservation models through a thorough knowledge of native peoples' ecological history and dynamics. It also illustrates how indigenous peoples affected environmental patterns and processes, improving crop diversity and agricultural patterns.

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Author:   Paul E. Minnis ,  Wayne J. Elisens
Publisher:   University of Oklahoma Press
Imprint:   University of Oklahoma Press
Edition:   New edition
Dimensions:   Width: 14.00cm , Height: 2.00cm , Length: 21.60cm
Weight:   0.399kg
ISBN:  

9780806133454


ISBN 10:   0806133457
Pages:   310
Publication Date:   15 August 2001
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Undergraduate ,  Postgraduate, Research & Scholarly
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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-The unescapable conclusion of . . . this volume is that the environment and landscape of North America are better described as 'managed' than 'wild' at the time of European arrival. . . . Biodiversity and Native America should be required reading for specialists in American Indians, American environmental history, and North American biology.---Greg O'Brien, author of The Timeline of Native Americans


The unescapable conclusion of ... this volume is that the environment and landscape of North America are better described as managed than wild at the time of European arrival.... Biodiversity and Native America should be required reading for specialists in American Indians, American environmental history, and North American biology. Greg O Brien, author of The Timeline of Native Americans


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Paul E. Minnis, Professor of Anthroplogy at the University of Oklahoma, is the editor of Ethnobotany: A Reader and coeditor of Biodiversity and Native America. Wayne J. Elisens, Professor of Botany and curator of the Bebb Herbarium at the University of Oklahoma, is coeditor of Biodiversity and Native America.

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