Native peoples were eco-friendly out of necessity. Their values, developed over thousands of years, naturally weeded out unsustainable practices. Elders handed down the practices that they knew would sustain families through the generations. All of these practices were connected politically, economically, and socially, and were all tied together with deep beliefs in the power of nature and their connection to Mother Earth.
When First Americans began trading with Europeans, they were attracted to the objects that made life seem easier, such as glass and metal pots. Because Europeans placed great value on animal skins, Native people began to practice their hunting skills to excess. Like today, convenience seemed more important, and few considered the consequences. Join Dan in a discussion of how Native values changed through dependence on European trade and the resulting depletion of natural resources.