American Indian Solutions to Environmental Challenges

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Our Homeland

The Campo Kumeyaay live in a semi-arid environment with an abundance of plant and animal life. Historically, they knew how to manage their environment, making it healthier and more productive. The land provided everything the Kumeyaay needed.

Key Terms

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    An area populated by shrubs that is dry in the summer and rainy in the winter.

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    A Kumeyaay word for food made from ground acorns. Acorns are the seeds of the oak tree.

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    Land covered mostly with water, with occasional marshy and soggy areas.

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    A Kumeyaay name for people in their community who were specialists in particular areas. They offered advice and guidance to the people on many matters related to the environment, including where to build rock drop structures.

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    The number and variety of species of plant and animal life within a region.

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Explore: Kumeyaay Environmental Management

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Try These Questions

The Campo Valley, where the Kumeyaay people live, is a chaparral environment. Which pair of images best represents chaparral?
Historically, the Kuseyaay were spiritual people and specialists who acted as advisors. On which of the following did the Kuseyaay not offer guidance?
Historically, the Kumeyaay used many plants that grew in their region. Which of the following plants and uses are true for the Kumeyaay?

Take Notes for Story Project

What is the local environment like? (land, water, climate, plants, animals)

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Name some ways the environment supports the tribe’s cultural traditions and economy.

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