--Richard Nelson, The Island Within
I've just started reading this book for my Visions of Environment class, and the above quote really struck me. It's so easy to sit in class, taking my notes down with pen and paper and feeling smug and outraged at what we do to the world. But I use resources too, and since I'm writing here, I definitely benefit from the technology my society makes readily available to me. It provided a good "pause and think" moment.
I'm only three chapters in to The Island Within but I'm already enjoying it deeply. The author is (or was) and anthropologist who studied with several groups of Alaskan natives. He speaks frequently and specifically of the Koyukon people, and the book is fascinating for providing a glimpse into their worldview as well as amazing descriptions of coastal Alaska. (He's purposely vague on where in coastal Alaska his island is.)
I'd definitely recommend this book, if you haven't read it already, and if any of you have, I'd be really interested to here what you thought.