Person and Nature in Native American Worldviews

Anna L. Peterson

in Being Human

Published by University of California Press

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780520226548
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520926059 | DOI:
Person and Nature in Native American Worldviews

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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

Chapter.  11106 words. 

Subjects: Theory and Practice of Anthropology

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