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Mans Relationship to Nature While nature in America has evolved so has mans relationship to it Since the earliest American settlers their has been two conflicting viewpoints on nature Native Americans or the Indigenous people view the natural world as part of themselves They believe that both are part of a continuous cycle of giving and receiving To them nature is perfect and does not need to be modified The contrasting view is that of the early American settlers up to present day Americans Most Americans see nature as something to perfect considering themselves outside of nature Most feel that it is their right to rule the land and to modify it to better humans Perrin explains both relationships that humans have with nature Silko and the film The Emerald Forest reveal the attitudes and values of the indigenous people Carson presents Americans attitudes toward the natural world and suggests that these attitudes change if we want to survive In Noel Perrins Forever Virgin Leslie Silkos Pueblo People and Rachel Carsons Silent Spring the two relationships of nature introduced will raise issues involving consequences between the relationships of man and nature and what must be done to insure mans survival Perrin explains that as nature in America evolved so did mans relationship to it The way the Native Americans treated nature is very different from the way the early settlers and present day Americans treat it Nature can be defined as everything that exists that has not been made or altered by man The Indigenous people saw themselves as part of nature They believed that they were both part of a continuous cycle What they took from it was used to its fullest and then returned to nature The relationship with the natural world consisted of both giving and receiving What man took from nature was out of love Everything was used to the fullest and what was excess was given back to the earth
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