Furthermore, we learned that Indians set fires. While these fires did sometimes help forests and grasslands, they were not always beneficial. When they were “too frequent or too hot, when moisture [was] low, or when heavy rains follow[ed] fires and cause[d] erosion, plants may not [have] easily recover[ed]” (116). Fires also “sometimes destroyed horses and other property and even occasionally torched men and women” (121). Thus, while it is seems that the Indians knew how to properly deal with the environment, they essentially were not perfect and did not always do the best things for nature.
Because Indians were portrayed as seamless environmentalists, many people think that they were superior to the polluters present today. However, we must learn to look at the media with a more watchful eye. Advertisements should be read with a grain of salt, as they are meant to persuade people of a certain cause, and not necessarily of the truth.