chapter  1
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“Indian Thinking” and a Linear World

Seeing things in this special way is thinking like an Indian who has been raised in a tribal community operating according to tribal beliefs. This point of view is a different perspective from that of the American mainstream, based on the Western mind believing in empirical evidence. “Seeing” is visualizing the connection between two or more entities or beings, and trying to understand the relationship between them within the full context of things identified within a culturally based system. It is like seeing the molecule first instead of seeing the atom and all of the atoms that make up the molecule. This holistic perception is the indigenous ethos of American Indians and how they understand their environment, the world, and the universe.