Analysis Of The Log From The Sea Of Cortez

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Enduring Perspectives
By studying the history of Native Americans, we can understand some of their characteristics, qualities, and perspectives regarding America’s landscape. Many of these still persist today in either the original or a mutated form. The Native American quality of living unsustainably persists today in various forms because it is difficult to notice an unsustainable lifestyle. John Steinbeck, Barry Lopez, and Scott Momaday in The Log From the Sea of Cortez, The American Geographies, and The Way to Rainy Mountain describe this effect.
Today, it is easy to look back and see that Native Americans, including the Micmac, lived unsustainable lifestyles. The Micmac’s economy revolved around trading small animals (e.g. beavers). Their desire for European goods provided an incentive to deplete the animal population (Merchant 13). A problem with this lifestyle is that it is difficult to know that the animal’s population is being depleted until it is too late.
The Native Americans of the Great Plains centered their economy on the buffalo. The Native Americans used difficult techniques (e.g. tricking them to fall off cliffs) to catch the buffalo, which was unsustainable considering how important the Buffalos were for them (Merchant 16). When the horse arrived the Native Americans became more efficient hunters. However, their lives became less sustainable because they became dependent on the horse and buffalo population. Again, this is a problem because it is difficult…
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