Sunday, December 8, 2013

Native American Perceptions of Nature

Fourth grade has been immersed in the study of Native American culture and the impact that various tribes have had on Colorado's history. We have also begun to look at persuasive essays and what techniques authors use to make strong arguments with supportive claims.

Please read the following quotes compiled by the Center for Urban Education. These quotations include statements from a variety of tribes over the course of many years. When you are done, please comment on the following questions:

Analyze:
1. What is the position they all share?
2. What claim about Native American's relationship to nature could they all support?
Evaluate:
3. Which statement do you think provides the strongest support for the position and why?


"Our fathers had plenty of deer and skins, our plains were full of deer and also our woods were full of turkeys. Our coves were full of fish. But these English men having gotten our land, have cut down the grass and trees, their does have earn the grass and their hogs spoil of fish banks, and we shall all be starved."-Speech by a chief leader in 1642

"Honor the Earth, our Mother. Honor all with who we share the Earth: four leggeds, two-leggeds, winged ones, swimmers, crawlers, plant and rock. Walk in balance and beauty." -Native American Elder

"Humankind has not woven the web of life. We are but one thread within it. Whatever we do to the web, we do to ourselves, All things are bound together. All things connect." -Chief Seattle, 1854

"When all the trees have been cut down; when all the animals have been hunted; when all the waters are polluted; when all the air is unsafe to breathe; only then will you discover that you cannot eat money." -Cree Tribe Chief

"I do not think the measure of a civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are, but rather how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and fellow man." -Sun Bear of the Chippewa Tribe