From mythology, archeology, and chronicles of early explorers we can learn how early Americans viewed the cause and effect relations of hydrological phenomena. Hopes and fears are the basis of religion, and it was through religion that water management was first practiced. Early people used their water resources to develop diverse civilizations in various parts of the western hemisphere. Not only was the rise of these earlier civilizations hydrologically influenced, but also the downfall of some was related to natural or man-made hydrological crises in which gods and mythology continued to play a role. -Author
Additional publication details
Hydromythology and ethnohydrology in the New World.