The CPLUHNA website is full of information on the land history of the Colorado Plateau, involving people, climate, (environmental change) and biota. What I can tell about our cultural values from the website is that we are always pursuing survival, taking advantage of the resources around us, (such as the indigenous people to the plateau using the particular biota as a food source). Throughout the years, however the human population increased and now exceeds one million. This shows that our cultural values are to use the land no matter what effect it has on the environment around us. The website, informing us on the environmental problems we face, gives me hope about some of our cultural values differing from the norm.
A value held amongst the traditional peoples of the Colorado Plateau was to hunt in large quantities, possibly the reason of the Pleistocene megafauna extinction in North America. By dominating the land, as opposed to living with the land and treating it with respect, the Colorado Plateau begins to see it’s demise.
Some of the newer values that are working towards change are individuals and organizations are trying to restore ecosystems on the Colorado Plateau. Species that did not survive that area are being reintroduced to the area, as well as fire being reintroduced to the ponderosa forests.
Nature will always be changing and we, as humans need to understand that. Dominating the land by taking all the natural resources and attempting to control the earth through science and technology, (weather control, (chemical drops from planes), GMO crops, manmade fertilizers, etc) are not going to be effective in the long run. We must respect the values of nature and that it is going to have environmental changes, with or without us.
Grahame, John D. and Thomas D. Sisk, ed. 2002. Canyons, cultures and environmental change: An introduction to the land-use history of the Colorado Plateau. 07/15/11...
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