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Ceremonial Time: Fifteen Thousand Years on One Square Mile

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“Ceremonial time” occurs when past, present, and future can be perceived simultaneously. Experienced only rarely, usually during ritual dance, this escape from linear time is the vehicle for John Mitchell’s extraordinary writing. In this, his most magical book, he traces the life of a single square mile in New England, from the last ice age through years of human history, including bear shamans, colonists, witches, local farmers, and encroaching industrial “parks.”

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Hanover 2013 Softcover 30th Annivesary Edition. 248 pages. Softcover. Brand new book. NATURE. Traces the life on a single spot in New England from the last ice age, through ... years of Indians, shamans, and bears, to the colonists, witches, and farmers, and now the encroaching industrial "parks." John Hanson Mitchell, winner of the 1994 John Burroughs Essay Award, is the authur of numerous books. (Key Words: Natural History, Nature, John Hanson Mitchell, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Massachusetts, American Indians, Woodlands, Witches, Time). Read more Show Less

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Overview

“Ceremonial time” occurs when past, present, and future can be perceived simultaneously. Experienced only rarely, usually during ritual dance, this escape from linear time is the vehicle for John Mitchell’s extraordinary writing. In this, his most magical book, he traces the life of a single square mile in New England, from the last ice age through years of human history, including bear shamans, colonists, witches, local farmers, and encroaching industrial “parks.”

"Ceremonial time" is the moment when past, present and future can be perceived simultaneously. In this, John Mitchell's most magical book, first published in 1984, he traces the life in a single spot in New England from the last ice age, through years of Indians, shamans, and bears to the colonists, witches, and farmers, and now computer hackers. Illustrated. 240 pp.

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“Astonishing immediacy . . . as though Sherlock Holmes had set out to verify Grey’s musings in his country churchyard. . . . An unqualified success . . . I can think of no book that provides so personal and yet so comprehensive a view of America, past, present, and potentially, future.”—New York Times Book Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781611684889
  • Publisher: University Press of New England
  • Publication date: 8/6/2013
  • Edition number: 30
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

JOHN HANSON MITCHELL, winner of the 1994 John Burroughs Essay Award, is the author of numerous books. Ceremonial Time is the first in a series of titles in the Scratch Flat Chronicles. His newest book is An Eden of Sorts: A Natural History of My Feral Garden.
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Table of Contents

Scratch Flat
Cast of Characters
Map of Scratch Flat
Preface to the 2013 Edition
Ceremonial Time
The Kingdom of Ice
After the Deluge
Night on Forge Pond
Archaic Interlude Eating Scratch Flat
A Woodland Nation
The White Witch
Time Travelers
The People’s Place
Tearing Down Time
Fire and Ice
The Autumn of Time
Nompenekit’s New World
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