What is New-Native?
New-Native refers to the designation of a non-indigenous individual or a non-indigenous people whom take personal responsibility for their environment as an intrinsic duty of cohabitation with Nature. Their commitment is represented through the embodiment and stewardship of Traditional Ecological Knowledge skills (i.e. sustainable Farming & Foraging, ethical Hunting, Trapping and Forestry). In America, New-Native skills are referred to as American Traditional Ecological Knowledge (ATEK), to separate their traditions from those of the Indigenous peoples, a means to assist in the protection of Indigenous culture. New-Natives embody their environmental connection.
The term New-Native was first put into print under this proposed movement by New-Native Forager and Naturalist Keith M. Cowley in his book Environmental Connection - A New-Native Initiative in 2013. He is also the Founder of an organization that seeks to network together New-Native Educators of American Traditional Ecological Knowledge (ATEK).
A hyphen is used to create a compound word, or indicate combined meaning. In the case of New-Native, the hyphen is used to reduce offense. "It is not our intention to create new Indigenous peoples, or replace Indigenous peoples in any way. Such offense could be insinuated by the omission of the hyphen in New-Native. With the hyphen added, we encourage the forming of a new unified "branding" of non-indigenous Americans who do not rely solely on, nor exploit, Indigenous cultural knowledge."