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

9 comments :

  1. The theme of this text is to not be greedy because at the end its not good for any one.
    Each quote shows there respect to animals and environment.
    The third quote because the thing where it says we are part of one string.
    Andrew B

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  2. The theme is how they all share the appreciation and love for the Earth and nature.
    The Indians can all support the importance of the environment by appreciating what they have to survive on.
    The forth quote because it talks about how the Earth is more important then money and when everything is gone like trees then youcan not just snack on your money.
    Delaney R

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  3. The theme is that we are all part of one big system. We need to take care of the Earth and everything in it. The position that they all share is that we should respect the Earth more because we all share it. The quote that is the strongest support is the quote about the web. We are all a huge part of the web, but can't survive without everything else in it.
    Ellie G.

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  4. All of the quotes share the position that we have to honor and respect the Earth. Native American's relationship to nature is very important to all tribes because they think that animals, people, the Great Spirit, plants, water, and air are all dependent on each other.
    I think Chief Seattle's quote is the best because it says that the world is a web and if you do something negative to one part, something bad happens to the world.

    Braden

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  5. The Earth provides the things we need to survive. These are things like food, water, and plants. The claim of all the Indian tribes is that we need to protect these things or else we may lose them. Indian tribes believe we should honor and respect the Earth, which they call their mother. They see all things being connected, like a spider's web, and if you destroy one part of the web the whole Earth is damaged. People need to understand this when they make decisions about nature and the world around us.
    I think Chief Seattle's statement is the strongest because he uses a simile and compares the world and nature to a spider's web. I also like that his statement says that people did not make the web of life. It is a gift. We should respect and honor it, or we risk losing it.
    Nathan K.

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  6. The theme they all share is that people should be careful with to the environment because every thing is dependent on every thing else.
    Native Americans respected all parts of nature and used things fully and wisely.
    I like the quote by the native American elder because it shows us the importance of respecting animals and creatures.
    Kyle R.


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  7. A position all these people and tribes share is having to rely on the earth.A claim that Native Americans have on earth is that they all have to hunt and get meat and other things from animals to survive.The quote that most goes with this statement is quote number two where it shows the Elders love and respect for the land , animals and the other people in his tribe.

    Kendall L.

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  8. A position all these people and tribes share is having to rely on the earth.A claim that Native Americans have on earth is that they all have to hunt and get meat and other things from animals to survive.The quote that most goes with this statement is quote number two where it shows the Elders love and respect for the land , animals and the other people in his tribe.

    Kendall L.

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  9. I learned that solar pannels contain energy for houses,other types of buildings and even rockets!

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