The Ecologically Noble Savage Debate

Posted: 4 Dec 2007

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Raymond Hames

University of Nebraska at Lincoln


Debate around the ecologically noble savage represents two markedly different research threads. The first addresses the issue of conservation among native peoples and narrowly focuses on case studies of resource use of ethnographic, archaeological, or historic sources. The second thread is broader and more humanistic and political in orientation and considers the concept of ecological nobility in terms of identity, ecological knowledge, ideology, and the deployment of ecological nobility as a political tool by native peoples and conservation groups.

Keywords: human ecology, hunting, conservation

Suggested Citation

Hames, Raymond, The Ecologically Noble Savage Debate. Annual Review of Anthropology, Vol. 36, October 2007, Available at SSRN:

Raymond Hames (Contact Author)

University of Nebraska at Lincoln ( email )

Lincoln, NE 68588
United States

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