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Small Is Beautiful: Economics as if People Mattered
E.F. Schumacher

Lies, Damned Lies and History: A Catalogue of Historical Errors and Misunderstandings

Lies, Damned Lies and History: A Catalogue of Historical Errors and Misunderstandings - Graeme Donald Good bits of info on varied topics.

However, the author seems to be hell bent on proving that American Indians treated the nature in effect no better than "white man".

Recent evidence on the contrary seems to point that "injuns" were remarkably well informed and well equipped when it came to matters of land use, irrigation and so on.

I've understood that it's pretty common sight for tourists to see in the modern day Indian reservations littering and other unecological practices in abundance.

Maybe so.

Then again I for one can certainly understand the myriad of reasons why it might have come to this. The rampant alcoholism, general unemployment and apathy do stem from White American history.

In fact I might not care much more myself if I had been through what American Indians have been through. Hell, I'd probably be lucky to have any self-respect left at all.

Still, I have little doubt that the American Indians would be the original hippies.

But I fail to see how driving bisons off the cliffs for food and what not would not have been in reality sustainable - even when or if it would have been seemingly in excess?

That practise was age-old and yet bisons could be continued to be counted by the millions when the pale face arrived. Seems to me American Indians managed to make absolutely no dent in the overall bison population whatsoever.

And there's just no comparison what the white man ultimately managed to do to the bisons.

But I'd really like to know just how the author would propose to make a one ton bison on a rampage to stop in time before its unavoidable pummel to death?

It's not exactly the same experience as ordering a half a pound of meat from your local butcher - is it?

You are just going have to deal with everything that is heading your way… sometimes that probably meant leaving corpses out to rot.

It is a crude method but it is also pretty simple and rather safe method that doesn't require a lot of manpower nor tools to be efficient either. I'd call that pretty inventive if not downright ingenious use of resources.

Not that any measure of bones left behind would prove that American Indians wasted their game. It could merely signify that they just didn't have a whole lot of use for bones. There are only so many combs and trinkets you want to carry around being a nomad and all…

But lets suppose there was waste of meat and pelts. Should they have set up a camp there and announce their presence to all the other tribes in the neighborhood to drop in for a gargantuan late night supper?

Maybe they did. Maybe they put on grand orgies. But I really f*cking doubt it.