American Indian/Alaska Native - Attack The System

There’s an argument to be made that Native American’s were passive “cultivators” of their tribal territories; essentially managing their land to encourage the growth of beneficial plants, trees and game habitat. The returns on such a method of land cultivation are arguably less in the short term but more sustainable; potentially over dozens of generations. Here is a section from Wikipedia on 1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus.

The myth that Indians were not active in transforming the land is untrue. Most Indians shaped their environment with fire. Fire was used to burn shrubs and trees, opening an area to sunlight, thereby benefitting plants that need sun, while inhibiting others. Burning encourages abundance of certain animals, while discouraging others. The 20th century environmental historian William Cronon explained that “people accustomed to keeping domesticated animals [Europeans] lacked the conceptual tools to recognize that the Indians were practicing a more…

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I am a Tlingit, born and raised in Tlingit Country, and a proud member of the Tlingit Nation.
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