Wilbur Slockish - Built-in Conservation

Wilbur Slockish explains that indigenous lifeways have built-in conservation practices, meaning that the very foundation is a necessary respect for the water and land that provide food resources.

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"We had our own built-in conservation practices to replenish those runs. And when Lewis and Clark came here there were up to 30 million fish in this river. And the Western science has decreased it. Economic activities have decreased the runs way down. And they think a million and two million fish is a lot -- that's not And now I hear, this is a free market country. Well there's nothing free. One of those resources has to be utilized. And it's always taken in over-harvest. Our huckleberries are the latest example. I've seen... I got upset when I would go up to the airport and find --chocolate-covered huckleberries was the start. Now there's coffee, tea, shampoo, oil, ice cream... and it's being utilized right now by uh... the commercial industry. For all of those things. And they're being over-harvested. So, ah, Western science and free market is not very good for all of our natural food supply"