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Group work

In the previous lesson we learned how colonisation was a disaster for native Americans and for nature in general. And as we talked about earlier, native Americans had a different relationship to nature. And they are still really good at protecting nature. In fact, studies show that areas controlled by native tribes have higher biodiversity than lands controlled by the US state! In other words, nature does better when natives are in charge of it. They have different values about nature and they are part of many initiatives to protect nature and fight climate change. You will now look closer into what these values are and what kind of relationship natives have to nature.

Check out this link: https://www.ponca-nsn.gov

Scroll through the home page and read the yellow quotations


  • How many members are in the Ponca tribe and in which state do they live?
  • In your own words: Why is nature important to humans according to the Ponca?
  • Do you think they have a good relationship to nature? Are they respectful to nature? Do they think humans are more important than nature? 

Check out this link: https://ucut.org/members-tribes/kootenai-tribe-idaho/

Scroll through the home page

Answer these questions

  • Where do the Kootenai tribe live and how many communities are there?
  • How do the Kootenai describe their “original purpose”?
  • How do they contribute in keeping and protecting nature and wildlife?   

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RmGIZb3a-TE


  • Deb Haaland is the first what? Listen carefully at 0.38-0.41
  • Why is indigenous (native American) knowledge important for climate change? Listen carefully at 1.33-1.59
  • Do you agree with Deb Haaland? Do you think that native Americans could teach us something about protecting nature?

Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2LsHHSDiWg – watch until 7.00 and add subtitles


  • What is TEK? Listen carefully at 0.40-1.00 – can you translate it into Danish?
  • How do they describe the difference between natives’ relationship to nature and the newcomers’ (Western settlers’) relationship to nature? listen carefully from 5.58-6.40
  • Is TEK useful? Do you think we should we be better at seeing nature as equal to humans? What are the advantages of seeing nature as equal to humans?

Check out this link: https://www.muscogeenation.com/2019/03/01/muscogee-creek-nation-ocmulgee-national-park-expansion-nears-victory/

Read the article (2019) – just the first 14 lines!


  • What is the Ocmulgee National Park Expansion about? Look at lines 3-4
  • Why is the law a triumph for the Muscogee tribe? Look at lines 5-6
  • What do you think the Chief, James R. Floyd means by saying the lands “will always be protected”? Protected from what, do you think?

Check out this link: https://www.ncpedia.org/anchor/maintaining-balance

Scroll down and carefully read the section under “balance in the environment”


  • Which parts of the Cherokee environment had an “intelligent spirit”? What does the word “spirit” mean?
  • What will happen if we do not maintain balance with nature, according to the Cherokee?
  • Do you think they thought about the future of nature here? Was it important that resources were used respectfully?

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