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Protectors of the Land by Richard Burrill (1993)

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An environmental survival guide about "belongingness" for students, teachers, and parents. For thousands of years, the native Californians lived in harmony with the Earth. Their wise elders understand a "conservation ethic" that all things are connected in one giant web and that our rightful place as human beings is to preserve it. The California Indians respect that elders are the link to the past and the children are the hope for the future. "Protectors of the Land" calls young people --and all of us--to environmental action. Grizzly Bear Heart, a fictional Maidu medicine man, prepares us to become protectors of the land. In the first section of the book, he takes us on an environmental journey to understanding the conservation ethic. We fly above the Sacramento Valley to observe the dying Sacramento River and the brown smog from automobiles. We witness the devastating impacts of clear cut logging and overgrazing in the Sierra Nevada rangeland and mountains. We visit Auburn Rancheria to learn about energy and fire making from a Maidu-Nisenan elder. The Sierra Mewuk from Yosemite Valley share with us their story of Too-Tauk-A Noolah, the inchworm--a story that reminds us we make a difference in the world no matter how small we are. In the Cooperative Games and Songs section, we learn more about the Indian cultural ways through activities that instill the values of cooperation and sharing. Maps and charts, Indian storytelling and wisdom words, "stepping outdoor" environmental activities, and discussion questions also are included.

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