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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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Stories for Sustainability

Stories for Sustainability

(p.130) Stories for Sustainability
Learning Native Wisdom

Gary Holthaus

University Press of Kentucky

William Schneider and Phyllis Morrow—Alaskan oral historians—suggest that one of the fundamental responsibilities today entails how words will return. While modern words may have originated from various ancient tongues, it is important to note that vocabulary and, more importantly, the way that words are utilized to construct stories of cultural tradition, are diminishing. These stories serve as expressions of worldview, and these allow the creation of sustainable cultures. As the question is raised regarding the difference between humans and animals, it is important to admit that humans are animals as well, and that one of the characteristics that separate humans from other species is that humans are capable of telling stories. This chapter looks into the significance of both oral and written stories and how these contribute to sustainability.

Keywords:   language, tongues, cultural tradition, words, humans, animals, stories

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