The river of life: Sustainable practices of native Americans and indigenous peoples

Michael E. Marchand, Kristiina A. Vogt, Asep S. Suntana, Rodney Cawston, John C. Gordon, Mia Siscawati, Daniel J. Vogt, John D. Tovey, Ragnhildur Sigurdardottir, Patricia A. Roads

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Sustainability defines the need for any society to live within the constraints of the land's capacity to deliver all natural resources the society consumes. This book compares the general differences between Native Americans and western world view towards resources. It will provide the 'nuts and bolts' of a sustainability portfolio designed by indigenous peoples. This book introduces the ideas on how to link nature and society to make sustainable choices. To be sustainable, nature and its endowment needs to be linked to human behavior similar to the practices of indigenous peoples. The main goal of this book is to facilitate thinking about how to change behavior and to integrate culture into thinking and decision-processes. Ecosystem-based decision-making and essential sustainability from a Native American perspective Presents a new model of humanized sustainability practice as a worthy and essential goal for global society Provides a concise roadmap to refine sustainability assessments by blending Native American behaviour with western science.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherWalter de Gruyter GmbH
Number of pages278
ISBN (Electronic)9783110275889
ISBN (Print)9783110275834
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


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