The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World

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From African American to Asian American, indigenous to immigrant, "multiracial" to "mixedblood," the diversity of cultures in this world is matched only by the diversity of stories explaining our cultural origins: stories of creation and destruction, displacement and heartbreak, hope and mystery. With writing from Jamaica Kincaid on the fallacies of national myths, Yusef Komunyakaa connecting the toxic legacy of his hometown, Bogalusa, LA, to a blind faith in capitalism, and bell hooks relating the quashing of ...

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From African American to Asian American, indigenous to immigrant, "multiracial" to "mixedblood," the diversity of cultures in this world is matched only by the diversity of stories explaining our cultural origins: stories of creation and destruction, displacement and heartbreak, hope and mystery. With writing from Jamaica Kincaid on the fallacies of national myths, Yusef Komunyakaa connecting the toxic legacy of his hometown, Bogalusa, LA, to a blind faith in capitalism, and bell hooks relating the quashing of multiculturalism to the destruction of nature that is considered "unpredictable" — amongst more than 35 other examinations of the relationship between culture and nature — this collection points toward the trouble of ignoring our cultural heritage, but also reveals how opening our eyes and our minds might provide a more livable future. The Colors of Nature comes in four alternating-color covers: red, yellow, green, and blue.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781571313195
  • Publisher: Milkweed Editions
  • Publication date: 2/1/2011
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 979,586
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction As Conversation 3
In History 16
Reclaiming Ourselves, Reclaiming America 28
At the End of Ridge Road: From a Nature Journal 49
Earthbound: On Solid Ground 67
Sharing Breath: Some Links Between Land, Plants, and People 72
Confronting Environmental Racism in the Twenty-First Century 90
Dark Waters 98
Silent Parrot Blues 113
Ke Au Long I Kaho'olawe, Ho'i: (The Era of Lono at Kaho'olawe, Returned) 125
Burning the Shelter 142
Becoming Metis 146
Turning Slowly Nature 153
Hazardous Cargo 163
Crossing Boundaries 171
Writing the Diaspora: One Black Writer's Journey from Cultural Isolation to Multicultural Inclusion 181
Listening for the Ancient Tones, Watching for Sign, Tasting for the Mountain Thyme 190
Belonging on the Land 198
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