Analysis Of The Book ' The Man Made Of Words '

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Escalade Development and Worldviews N. Scott Momaday, novelist and part Native American, describes the ancient American Indian who has no regard for the well being of his land in his novel The Man Made of Words. Man cannot be like the paleolithic indian Momaday describes, but rather, he must understand the “vital link between the earth and himself, a link that implies an intricate network of rights and responsibilities”, and also the idea that, “he has the ability to devastate and perhaps destroy his environment” (Momaday 31). For generations Native Americans have successfully thrived on their land, a tradition that has allowed them to develop their perception of their place in our world. The Native American worldview is a complex yet fascinating topic, specifically in contrast with the worldview of Western Europeans. With the constant pressure to develop and commercialize land in the United States, Native Americans and western developers bring different worldviews to an important debate in the Grand Canyon with regard to the spiritual and historical values of the land. The Grand Canyon is arguably one of the most popular National Parks in the United States, and several groups have a vested interest in the land. The National Park officially opened its doors in 1919, and has seen exponential growth in visitors ever since. With nearly five million visitors each year, the park draws tourists from all around the world, and is also home to several Native American tribes,
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