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An indigenous inheritance exists for humankind that takes many forms from many places and peoples regarding how humankind might reexamine lifeways that...suggest in practical terms how we might adopt life-enhancing cultures situated in a symbiotic relationship of nature and culture. Will this indigenous inheritance be denied and go unclaimed? I hope not, for the sake of the rich diversity of life we share this planet with and for the sake of our human selves. It is time to issue a Red Alert. --Indian Country Today, November 24, 2009

"Taking a hard look at the biggest problem that we face today - the damaging way we live on this earth - Daniel Wildcat draws upon ancient Native American wisdom and nature-centered beliefs to advocate a modern strategy to combat global warming." --Green (Living) Review, December 17, 2009

Red Alert! offers a dose of indigenous realism as well as hope. It has a place where individuals want to explore what contemporary indigenous societies have to offer...a place wherever people are willing to share fruitful as well as difficult discussions. Anyone who is wondering what should we do? will benefit from the indigenuity of Red Alert! --Winds of Change Winter 2010

Arguing against man's battle with nature and stating that there is no controlling the Earth, Daniel R. Wildcat presents many intriguing ideas for readers that is well worth considering for those worried about the environment. "Red Alert!" is a top pick for those seeking second opinions about the environmental crises." --Wisconsin Bookwatch

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Red Alert examines from a Native perspective the problems facing our planet today and calls for a return to the nature-centered wisdom of indigenous cultures.
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  • Series: Speaker's Corner
  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing (November 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1555916376
  • ISBN-13: 978-1555916374
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.5 x 8.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #128,743 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Brandt on May 17, 2011
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This is an outstanding book. The topic is timely, a red alert situation for the whole world, a wake-up call from a distinctly native framework. The clarity of the writing is fantastic. It is easily accessible to anyone and it is a clear statement of indigenous thought and a call to action to move toward practices which native people employed to crate and maintain a sustainable world. Great critique of current practices in society. It challenges our apathy in the face of potential world destruction. It is a great book for a course for undergraduates in many fields, but anyone can read and enjoy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sammy Sutton Author on January 19, 2012
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Enthusiastic readers will agree, once in a while a book will dramatically change or deepen your view of a specific issue. My recent research into the language and customs of the Yuchi (Euchee) members of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma, introduced me to the admirable work of Dr. Dan Wildcat PhD. Dr. Wildcat is a prominent, respected scholar, and member of the Muscogee Nation. He is a professor at the Haskell Indian Nations University in Lawrence, Kansas.

Dr. Wildcat's forte' is in environmental research, and indigenous knowledge. My curiosity led me to video of some of his appearances at various symposiums around the country. His focus is on 'Global Warming' or as he refers to it 'Global Burning'. In RED ALERT, Dr. Wildcat introduces the reader to a harsh look into a devastating problem, but, ultimately, with a hopeful solution.

Although, the Professor is more convinced than I of the entire human cause of "Global Burning", I believe his argument is convincing, and gives credence to cyclical natural events. Despite the weight of blame, the human race is responsible for many vile acts against Mother Earth. Dr. Wildcat's solution rests in the indigenous peoples of our country, and around the world.

The tone of his book is poignant, and filled with passionate concern. About half of the book focuses on the problem, while the other half is a well thought out outline to a solution. Dr. Wildcat's resolution promotes the idea of a return to nature, living within our own unique geographic area. His theory points out many destructive problems that are a result of our Global Society. He often refers to this as "Homogenized".
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on January 11, 2010
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Could the answer to the world's problems with the environment lie with America's original inhabitants? "Red Alert! Saving the Planet with Indigenous Knowledge" tackles environmentalism with the traditional wisdom of the native American Indians. Arguing against man's battle with nature and stating that there is no controlling the Earth, Daniel R. Wildcat presents many intriguing ideas for readers that is well worth considering for those worried about the environment. "Red Alert!" is a top pick for those seeking second opinions about environmental crises.
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Climate Change, if you’ve been paying attention to this worldwide crisis, is a bewilderingly complex issue where there are many knowns, known unknowns, and probably an infinite amount of unknown unknowns.

We don’t know how to get greenhouse gases down in any measure that will actually make a difference. We don’t know if many of our ecoregions are on the edge of collapse. We especially don’t know how the present state of our environment will fare in a warmer climate, an environment that is filled with manmade pollution and replete with a great loss of biodiversity.

This all matters because most climate studies and plan assume that our present environment is the only rational starting point from which to plan for a sustainable environment in the future.

Red Alert reminds us that there are centuries of endemic peoples’ knowledge that can and should be tapped to create a more realistic baseline for climate studies. Rather than assume that our present over-populated, over polluted, and other-than-human-species-impoverished world is the starting point for our climate studies, we should consider the vast knowledge gained from a people who understood what it meant to live sustainably long before it has become a crisis.

To leave our American Indian knowledge out of our climate plans and studies is to attempt a sustainable future with more unknown unknowns than we can possibly imagine.

We should look to the peoples who knew how a healthy environment actually worked before it was seriously disturbed. Daniel Wildcat paints a clear picture of what will be loss if modern Climate Change planners don’t include critical information gain by a people in touch with their environment.
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As a PhD in civil engineer with degrees in four specialties, I've spent years studying "adaptive co-management" (ACM) http://www.resalliance.org/index.php/adaptive_comanagement and reading society and ecology http://www.ecologyandsociety.org/, trying to understand how to bring complexity and community into systems to restore balance and sound evolutionary form. However, until I read Wildcat's Red Alert, I didn't really understand that the critical ACM concept of social, experiential learning celebrating a diversity of knowledge systems (free of dualism) to enhance collaboration and adaptation is simple wisdom of all indigenous peoples, NOT "new, integrative science". Building on a "7th generation way of thinking", tribes have come to relate to a deep sense of place and treat living relatives, not as resources, but as teachers to be revered by the attentive human student. This extends to natural LAW - respect for the land, air, and water - and reminds us not to take our screen representations of distinct layers in GIS too seriously. Instead, we must comprehend the complexity and inter-relatedness of the world itself, which possesses emergent properties of the whole, often lost in our scientific dissections of the parts. Sometimes, when we've then rebuilt the pieces into scientific models reality could be misinterpreted through these results, if we lack careful re-integration through a deeper knowledge of place that its people, creatures, and plants all possess and share.

By listening and adopting Wildcat's carefully elaborated worldview, a path emerges to correct recent missteps that have impoverished life and led to such biodiversity declines.
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