By Thomas Biolsi
This significant other is made from 27 unique contributions by way of major students within the box and summarizes the nation of anthropological wisdom of Indian peoples, in addition to the historical past that obtained us so far.
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AMES practices are central factors in the long-term evolution of those landscapes and to structuring the relationships that existed when Euro-Americans arrived in regions. One of the great ironies of Indian ecological history is that their subsistence practices were central in creating the landscapes that attracted Euro-American settlement and colonization. Building political and historical ecologies of Native Americans is inescapably enmeshed with the common notions of a pristine North America and of the ecological Indian.
Thus, there was an actual demographic collapse; that is, a sudden, drastic reduction so that the population is unable to reproduce itself. P O P U L AT I O N D E C L I N E A N D E P I D E M I C D I S E A S E The effects of ‘‘Old World’’ diseases on Native American populations of the Western Hemisphere have been important in the debate on aboriginal population size and decline, and their role has been extensively discussed. There were considerably fewer infectious diseases there than in the other hemisphere.
26 RU SSE LL T H OR NT ON They perhaps include the presence of fewer large centers of population concentration, which foster many diseases through their density. There is fair consensus that human settlement of America originated from Asia, and the Native American descendants of these first settlers have common ancestors with contemporary Asian peoples. Most scholars assume that the Homo sapiens sapiens who would become Native Americans migrated across cold and barren Beringa (the flat expanse of land – at times as much as 1,000 miles wide – connecting both hemispheres that existed as many as four times during the past 70,000 years).
A Companion to the Anthropology of American Indians by Thomas Biolsi