Chas Jones, Ph.D.

Responses of Cultural Expressions

Responses of Native American cultural heritage to changes in environmental setting

The seven potential responses of cultural expressions to changes in environmental settings

This figure illustrates the seven potential responses of cultural expressions to changes in environmental settings.

Cultural expressions of American Indian and Alaska Natives reflect the relationship between American Indian and Alaska Natives and the plant and animal species present in an area. Different forces that modify that relationship and influence those expressions can potentially shape American Indian and Alaska Natives cultural heritage and even compromise their cultural identity. In this publication, we propose seven modalities to illustrate how American Indian and Alaska Natives cultural expressions may respond to changes in environmental settings that alter the relationship between plant and animal assemblages, and Native peoples. Each modality provides insight into the vulnerability, resilience, and adaptive capacity of American Indian and Alaska Natives cultural expressions to changes in environmental settings. More culturally sensitive management approaches may strengthen conservation practices and safeguard the cultural legacy of indigenous groups.

Associated publication

Bisbal, G. and C.E. Jones. 2019. Responses of Native American cultural heritage to changes in environmental setting. AlterNative: An International Journal of Indigenous Peoples. 15 (3) 1-9. [link to publisher or download proof]