This book is not scholarship; it is plainly propaganda.
A good book would be Dispossessing the Wilderness: Indian Removal and the Making of the National Parks by Mark David Spence or William Cronon's Uncommon Ground.
His response is to point out that just because modern humans are more manipulative doesn't mean that the Indians didn't manipulate at all.
THE SPECULATIONS OF KRECH:
A review of The Ecological Indian by Vine Deloria, Jr.
From the excited, glowing reviews of The Ecological Indian I had seen I was... Read more
Cultural myths are good, I am Native american and I am constantly amused by the monolithic beliefs that many have concerning Native Maericna ecological practices. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Beverly A. Ramsey
A decent read despite it being a text book, this is an informative and educational volume that shows what the people of today are only now rediscovering in many areas.Published 9 months ago by Istariel
good read. Everyone should read this perspective of the American Indian. It may dispell or at least bring them to question their previous image of them.Published 21 months ago by james david cornwell
The Ecological Indian is an immensely rewarding and intellectually stimulating book. Dr. Krech approaches his topic with clarity and intellectual honesty. Read morePublished on March 10, 2011 by BlackRockPoint
If American Indians were so morally righteous and deeply in tune with nature, then why do the ideologues that espouse this fiction demonize tobacco? Read morePublished on January 16, 2010 by Gregory Moss
I was impressed with the documentation provided in this scholarly work, but disappointed by the author's failure to effectively synthesize the facts into a coherent and balanced... Read morePublished on May 16, 2008 by D. Reagan
You might want to skip the first chapters on prehistory; they are outside the author's own expertise, fuzzy and incomplete in both arguments and conclusions. Read morePublished on June 24, 2006 by Håvard Hegdal
If you think that Indians used every part of the buffalo, or that they never wasted deer or beaver meat, this book will come as a shock to you. Read morePublished on February 19, 2006 by Arthur Digbee