The People and the Forest
The Yakama People have interacted with forests since time immemorial. Often there are discussions around what a forest looked like pre-human or what a healthy ecosystem looks like. These are excellent questions; however, there is a need to acknowledge a distinct difference in the timeline being referenced by different people asking these questions. For example, most non-Indian people are asking these questions with an assumed timeline of what the forest and landscape looked like less than 500 years ago. This may be confounding to someone exposed to thousands of years of traditional knowledge regarding the forest and the functions of a landscape passed down through their culture and experiences.