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Cultural Foundations for Ecological Restoration on the White Mountain Apache Reservation

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dc.contributor.author Long, Jonathan en_US
dc.contributor.author Tecle, Aregai en_US
dc.contributor.author Burnette, Benrita en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2009-07-31T15:00:15Z
dc.date.available 2009-07-31T15:00:15Z
dc.date.issued 2003 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-08-09 en_US
dc.date.submitted 2007-08-09 en_US
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/10535/3365
dc.description.abstract "Myths, metaphors, and social norms that facilitate collective action and understanding of restoration dynamics serve as foundations for ecological restoration. The experience of the White Mountain Apache Tribe demonstrates how such cultural foundations can permeate and motivate ecological restoration efforts. Through interviews with tribal cultural advisors and restoration practitioners, we examined how various traditions inform their understanding of restoration processes. Creation stories reveal the time-honored importance and functions of water bodies within the landscape, while place names yield insights into their historical and present conditions. Traditional healing principles and agricultural traditions help guide modern restoration techniques. A metaphor of stability illustrates how restoration practitioners see links among ecological, social, and personal dimensions of health. These views inspire reciprocal relationships focused on caretaking of sites, learning from elders, and passing knowledge on to youths. Woven together, these cultural traditions uphold a system of adaptive management that has withstood the imposition of non-indigenous management schemes in the 20th century, and now provides hope for restoring health and productivity of ecosystems through individual and collective efforts. Although these traditions are adapted to the particular ecosystems of the Tribe, they demonstrate the value of understanding and promoting the diverse cultural foundations of restoration." en_US
dc.subject local knowledge en_US
dc.subject culture en_US
dc.subject agriculture en_US
dc.subject ecology en_US
dc.subject Native Americans en_US
dc.title Cultural Foundations for Ecological Restoration on the White Mountain Apache Reservation en_US
dc.type Journal Article en_US
dc.type.published published en_US
dc.coverage.region North America en_US
dc.coverage.country United States en_US
dc.subject.sector General & Multiple Resources en_US
dc.identifier.citationjournal Ecology and Society en_US
dc.identifier.citationvolume 8 en_US
dc.identifier.citationnumber 1 en_US
dc.identifier.citationmonth December en_US
dc.submitter.email efcastle@indiana.edu en_US

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