But...The Tree was the View: Understanding Human-Nature Relationships
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This thesis takes the reader on a journey towards a deeper understanding of human-nature relationships. The term nature is defined, and practical information regarding the effect human-nature relationships have on human health is discussed. The reader is provided with an overview of how different indigenous worldviews understand human-nature relationships, and how these worldviews have promoted nature inclusivity within concepts of cosmology, animism, kinship, and reciprocity. Indigenous worldviews are compared to Western worldviews as it pertains to human-nature relationships. A nature ethic is then presented, which furthers the readers understanding of the interconnected web of relations that make up this earth. The reader will then be presented information regarding how to bridge human-nature connections and how to build human-nature relationships.