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    Author(s): Linda Moon Stumpff
    Date: 2007
    Source: In: Watson, Alan; Sproull, Janet; Dean, Liese, comps. Science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values: Eighth World Wilderness Congress symposium; September 30-October 6, 2005; Anchorage, AK. Proceedings RMRS-P-49. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 112-115
    Publication Series: Proceedings (P)
    Station: Rocky Mountain Research Station
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    For many indigenous peoples in North America, wild mountains and rivers and other natural formations exist as physical beings formed as part of a whole by forces that interconnect people with them. This perspective frames a discussion around an idea that expresses time and space as wrapped up in the mountain. If time is within the being of place and space within the mountain, actions to remove parts of the mountain remove pieces of time, such as in the case of putting roads on Mt. Graham in Arizona, damming the Skokomish or drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

    The task and its implications are to move at the grassroots level to begin meaningful consultation between agencies and tribes and to use discretionary authorities to resolve problems. The work indicates a need to move at the highest political levels as well, to take model grassroots solutions to the legislative arena.

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    Stumpff, Linda Moon. 2007. Wild mountains, wild rivers: Keeping the sacred origins. In: Watson, Alan; Sproull, Janet; Dean, Liese, comps. Science and stewardship to protect and sustain wilderness values: Eighth World Wilderness Congress symposium; September 30-October 6, 2005; Anchorage, AK. Proceedings RMRS-P-49. Fort Collins, CO: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station. p. 112-115

    Keywords

    wilderness, biodiversity, protected areas, economics, subsistence, tourism, traditional knowledge, community involvement, policy, stewardship, education, spiritual values

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