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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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Education for Subsistence

Education for Subsistence

(p.84) Education for Subsistence
Learning Native Wisdom

Gary Holthaus

University Press of Kentucky

Survival proves to be a central issue, not only for humans, but for all other creatures as well. The need arises to identify the type of education that is needed so that the wisdom required for survival may be passed on. The fundamental use of education for most American Indians is for survival on the land, and this entails understanding how humans fostered complex relationships with plants and animals, as well as grasping the courtesy and reciprocity system. Although today's culture already knows much regarding how the world functions, it is also important to become aware of how to support the earth, since the earth also proves to be supportive of the human race. This chapter illustrates the importance of education regarding subsistence.

Keywords:   education, relationships, reciprocity, courtesy, support, subsistence

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