Red Alert!: Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge

Fulcrum Publishing
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What the world needs today is a good dose of indigenous realism, says Native American scholar Daniel Wildcat in this thoughtful, forward-looking treatise. Red Alert! seeks to debunk the modern myths that humankind is the center of creation.
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Daniel R. Wildcat (Yuchi, Muscogee) is the director of the American Indian studies program and the Haskell Environmental Research Studies Center at Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas. He is the coauthor with Vine Deloria Jr. of Power and Place: Indian Education in America.
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Publisher
Fulcrum Publishing
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Published on
1 Nov 2009
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Pages
128
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ISBN
9781555917999
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Language
English
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Genres
Nature / Environmental Conservation & Protection
Social Science / Ethnic Studies / Native American Studies
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This content is DRM protected.
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