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Indian trails, military roads, and waterwheels: Cultural and ecological transformations at Glen Lake, New York


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This is a study of a small community in upstate New York now known as Glen Lake. It is a diachronic study of how changing human populations, informed by their cultural worldviews, interacted with the natural environment. The timeframe spans the history of human habitation from the first Native Americans at the lake, to their displacement through colonial conquest, to their replacement by American settlers, to the struggles of current lake residents to protect the lake from further environmental degradation caused by human actions. The major focus is the radical transformation of cultures from Native American to Euro-American and the effects of this cultural transformation on the ecology of Glen Lake. It is argued that Northeast Native American lifeways and worldview, prior to interference by Europeans, established an ecological reciprocity with the natural environment which sustained a healthy human-earth relationship. In contrast, an imported “Old World” worldview, which still informs normative American culture today, legitimized human activities that have had long-term negative effects upon the natural environment. This work also has wider implications as a comparative study of ecological anthropology and to open a dialogue of the necessity for a new cultural worldview – global sustainability.

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Subject
Cultural anthropology;
American history;
Native American studies;
Environmental science
Classification
0326: Cultural anthropology
0337: American history
0740: Native American studies
0768: Environmental science
Identifier / keyword
Health and environmental sciences; Social sciences; Cultural ecology; Early American culture; Ecological history; Glen Lake; Glen Lake, New York; Indian; New York; New York history; Northeast Native American culture
Title
Indian trails, military roads, and waterwheels: Cultural and ecological transformations at Glen Lake, New York
Author
Derby, Paul Edward
Number of pages
442
Publication year
2008
Degree date
2008
School code
0659
Source
DAI-A 69/08, Dissertation Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9780549746249
University/institution
Syracuse University
University location
United States -- New York
Degree
Ph.D.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
3323048
ProQuest document ID
304385731
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/304385731
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