Re: virus: Re: my heart

Don Rivers (
Thu, 26 Oct 1995 16:02:42 -0600 (MDT)

On Thu, 26 Oct 1995, Luree Dell-Bryan wrote:

> >> >Have you considered that the Indians lived on this land for thousands of
> >> years without polluting a stream, or destroying a rainforest, or causing the
> >> extinction of any species. Perhaps their pagan gods were more benevolent
> >> than your christian one?
> >
> >This is not completely true. There is evidence that many large
> >herbivore species became
> >extinct at the same time as the arrival of man in the Americas. The
> >"Noble Savage" myth is somewhat exagerrated. Many native tribes have been
> >guilty of excessive hunting and fishing once they had the technologoy to
> >be able to do so.
> >
> >
> >Duane Hewitt
> >
> Thank you. You are right. I guess any race that runs a thousand buffalo
> off of a cliff just to get a bit of meat can't be considered
> conservationists. Actually, this was just my attempt to bug a Christian
> Fundamentalist who is concerned for my soul. I was hoping that David could
> take care of him as he did so excellently with Fern Jeramiah.

It's been a looooooong time since they've been running herds off cliffs.

More recently (before this century, though) they only took as much as
they needed. Every last bit was used. Bones as tools, hide as tipi
covers, etc. meat to eat. They even drank the blood (for example). Nothing
was wasted.

Gee, I did a report on this in 6th grade. I wonder if that's still
around. :)

At any rate, they were much less damaging to the
planet than the civilization which overran them.

Don Rivers