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Responses of Native American cultural heritage to changes in environmental setting

May 10, 2019

Cultural expressions of American Indian and Alaska Natives (AIAN) reflect the relationship between AIAN and the plant and animal species present in an area. Different forces that modify that relationship and influence those expressions can potentially shape AIAN cultural heritage and even compromise their cultural identity. Herein, we propose seven modalities to illustrate how AIAN cultural expressions may respond to changes in environmental settings that alter the relationship between plant and animal assemblages, and Native peoples. Each modality provides insight into the vulnerability, resilience, and adaptive capacity of AIAN cultural expressions to changes in environmental settings. Future research may delve deeper into these modalities and help identify appropriate methods for managing culturally important resources. More culturally sensitive management approaches may strengthen conservation practices and safeguard the cultural legacy of indigenous groups.

Citation Information

Publication Year 2019
Title Responses of Native American cultural heritage to changes in environmental setting
DOI 10.1177/1177180119847726
Authors Gustavo A. Bisbal, Chas E Jones Jr.
Publication Type Article
Publication Subtype Journal Article
Series Title AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples
Index ID 70203446
Record Source USGS Publications Warehouse
USGS Organization National Climate Change and Wildlife Science Center; National Climate Adaptation Science Center

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