A Native American exposure scenario

Author Name: 
Stuart G. Harris' and Barbara L. Harper
Publication Date: 
Monday, April 28, 1997
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This paper presents an exposure scenario that reflects the native diet as well as exposures that would be received during the acquisition of those foods and during other cultural and religious activities as currently practiced. It has been recognized for some time that exposure scenarios designed for suburban activities and life- styled2-" are not suitable for tribal communities. The scenario tells a story about a typical Native American life with subsistence hunting and farming 6 months of the year and consumption 12 months of the year ideally. The scenario includes many things a person would do such as hunting, fishing, livestock raising, gathering of plants and activities related to religious practice and cultural activities. Many details the average person never thinks about, Harris and Harper studied. Their scenario includes, soil ingestion, how soil reaches the skin and the effects of soil on the skin, soil inhalation, and all of these factors repeated but with fish and water. Game and meat eating are studied and the consumption of other animal organs. An evalution of the native way of life is discussed, not from a cultural angle but an environmental one. The conclusion is a comparison between Native and Suburban American lives and the effects of the Native life on their bodies. With 101+ citatons of this paper listed on Google Scholar the Harris and Harper paper is one of the most popular such scenarios in the field.