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Re: NFC: Fwd: Earth Day (fwd)

Interesting and not really surprising---I always wondered if primitive
man was as "noble" as generally thought.

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From: mcclurg luke e     <mcclurgl at washburn_edu>
Reply-To: nfc at actwin_com
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2000 21:22:46 -0500 (CDT)

>I imagine this will get me some comments...
>On Earth Day there will be many events applauding Native
>Americans for living in harmony with the environment before the
>evil white man came and destroyed paradise. The school children
>who participate in these Earth Day brainwashing exercises are
>not going to hear anything about the incredible environmental
>destruction by the native peoples of North and South America.
>A recent study by Robert Whelan documents the many ways in which
>pre-Columbian man absolutely ravaged his environment.
>For starters, Native Americans were big forest burners, since
>forests interfered with hunting; indeed, before the white man
>came there was virtually no virgin forest because it had all
>repeatedly been burned.
>    o   Lewis and Clark recorded that Indians in the Rocky
>        Mountains would set trees on fire "as after-dinner
>        entertainment; the huge trees would explode like Roman
>        candles in the night."
>    o   Many Buffalo jump sites have been found where Native
>        Americans stampeded huge herds over cliffs -- some sites
>        have the remains of as many as 300,000 buffalo.
>    o   They often hunted animals into extinction, including the
>        woolly mammoth, saber-toothed tiger, giant sloth, giant
>        beaver, camel, horse, two-toed horse and dire wolf,
>        according to environmental writer Alston Chase.
>Native religious ceremonies also contributed to extinctions --
>for example, women of the Crow Tribe wore dresses decorated with
>the teeth of 350 elk, and in Hawaii, natives made beautiful
>capes from the feathers of as many as 80,000 birds, some of
>which became extinct.
>Soil erosion was common long before white settlements were
>established. When the land became exhausted, Native Americans
>simply moved on.
>In many ways we treat the land better today than pre-Columbian
>man did, and are better conservationists and stewards of the
>environment. Earth Day enthusiasts should cease celebrating an
>Eden that never was.
>Source: Bruce Bartlett, senior fellow, National Center for
>Policy Analysis, April 19, 2000.
>For Whelan study http://www.iea.org.uk/wpapers/env14.pdf
>For more on Biodiversity


Gary Rollwage
Arlington, TX

grollwag at oilstates_com