Democracy  &  Nature, vol 4  no 2/3


Religion, Politics, and the Native American Land Ethic

Adolf G. Gundersen

Abstract: In a straightforward but rather unorthodox fashion I argue that Western interpreters continue to misunderstand the true underpinnings of Native Americans’ relationship to the land.  My thesis is that we have far more to learn  from Native Americans’ political practices than we do from their "nature religion."  Although the case I make is primarily historical, my intent here is ultimately to draw practical conclusions.  I come at the subject not as a chronicler, then, but as a present- and future-oriented political theorist and citizen.