American Indian Solutions to Environmental Challenges

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Our Homeland

In Lummi territory, the land, rivers, estuaries, and ocean abound with life. The Lummi developed a deep knowledge of this environment by careful observation. They learned how to use these resources and respect them by not using them up.

Key Terms

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    An area where rivers and ocean waters interact, mixing fresh and salt water. Such areas include bays, mouths of rivers, salt marshes, and lagoons. Estuaries shelter and feed marine life, birds, and wildlife.

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    The place a population (whether human, animal, plant, or microorganism) lives, including other living and non-living surroundings.

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    Word in the Lummi language that means “Lummi way of life.”

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Explore: Reef Netting

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Try These Questions

The Lummi have a saying, “When the tide is low, our table is set.” Which of these foods does the ocean provide?
Read the Lummi story “The Bear and the Steelhead.” How does this story help the Lummi teach their children how to use the earth properly?
Which of the following is a good example of schelangen?

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What is the local environment like? (land, water, climate, plants, animals)

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Name some ways the environment supports the tribe’s cultural traditions and economy.

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