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Education for Subsistence

Gary Holthaus

in Learning Native Wisdom

Published by University Press of Kentucky

Published in print May 2008 | ISBN: 9780813124872
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813135281 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5810/kentucky/9780813124872.003.0007
Education for Subsistence

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Survival proves to be a central issue, not only for humans, but for all other creatures as well. The need arises to identify the type of education that is needed so that the wisdom required for survival may be passed on. The fundamental use of education for most American Indians is for survival on the land, and this entails understanding how humans fostered complex relationships with plants and animals, as well as grasping the courtesy and reciprocity system. Although today's culture already knows much regarding how the world functions, it is also important to become aware of how to support the earth, since the earth also proves to be supportive of the human race. This chapter illustrates the importance of education regarding subsistence.

Keywords: education; relationships; reciprocity; courtesy; support; subsistence

Chapter.  4987 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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