chapter  11
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Living in Respect: Traditional knowledge of the Woodland Cree in Northern


Human Ecology and the human experience cannot be understood as separate and distinct from our mother, the Earth. All living beings depend on her for everything needed for survival, and yet as humans we show such blatant disrespect in the way we treat her, the way we abuse her gifts, and the way we expect her to keep on giving and giving and giving. This was not always the way it used to be; all cultures, at one time or another, had a reciprocal relationship with the earth, a give and take relationship based on respect. It is in today’s current struggle to ¿nd a new way of being that the searching and re-searching has begun and the cultures that have retained this relationship are becoming noticed. In most cases, these cultures are found among and within indigenous communities.