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Learning Native WisdomWhat Traditional Cultures Teach Us about Subsistence, Sustainibility, and Spirtuality$
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Gary Holthaus

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780813124872

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813124872.001.0001

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Habitat for a Sustainable Culture

Habitat for a Sustainable Culture

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(p.38) Habitat for a Sustainable Culture
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Learning Native Wisdom
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Gary Holthaus

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University Press of Kentucky
DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813124872.003.0004

Sustainability is a complex thing, since when attention is drawn to one aspect of sustainability, problems in another aspect have to be address and also have to be allotted with resources. Within a community, various concerns in terms of gendered, religious, economic, racial, and ethnic elements continue to grow deeper. The common image of sustainability illustrated in various workshops today is the one of the three-legged stool which represents social life, the environment, and the economy as vital factors to facilitate a sustainable culture. While sustainability is often associated with natural resources and the environment, it is important to note that social health plays no small part in housing a sustainable culture. As language is also introduced as an important tool, it is revealed that economy may be related in a way to the two other factors, as various activities entail certain significant impacts on the environment.

Keywords:   three-legged stool, social life, social health, economy, environment, sustainable culture

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