Native Americans and the Environment: Perspectives on the Ecological Indian

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Introduction

Michael E. Harkin and David Rich Lewis

This is not a book conceived primarily to assess Shepard Krech's The Ecological Indian: Myth and History (1999), but it is inevitable that it deals with Krech's book and its remarkable reception: remarkable for the penetration into the general media of an academic book, and remarkable for the strength of feeling associated with both positive and negative readings of it. That this event—the book's publication and reception—is a cultural event rather than merely an academic one is evident by the amount and intensity of discussion it fostered, in academic seminars and on talk radio at the end of the 1990s. That this epoch is now over has been brought home to us repeatedly: by the coming of the millennium and the contested presidential election, the stock market dot-com crash, and, of course, 9/11. Pointedly, the conference at the American Heritage Center at the University of Wyoming upon which the present volume is partly based was originally scheduled for that tragic week in September, and was postponed until the following spring.

So, if this is not exactly a contemporaneous assessment of the controversy over The Ecological Indian, it has the benefit of distance and perspective. Of course, many of the same issues and themes persist in the present, and the problematic that Krech explored has stimulated further scholarship (e.g., Hunn et al. 2004). However, a new set of issues having to do with cultural difference has taken priority for the foreseeable future. So rather than ask, “What is it about the ecological Indian critique that so sparked controversy?,” we must ask “What was it?”

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