The Earth's Blanket: Traditional Teachings for Sustainable Living

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"In The Earth's Blanket, ethnobotanist Nancy Turner explores the wealth of ecological knowledge and spiritual connection to the natural world that is fundamental to indigenous cultures and lifeways." "Turner has worked with Native peoples in the Pacific Northwest for more than thirty-five years, and generations of her indigenous teachers have given her permission to share their stories and perspectives about the natural world. Their teachings describe a rich variety of methods of harvesting, transporting, processing, storing, maintaining, and
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Overview

"In The Earth's Blanket, ethnobotanist Nancy Turner explores the wealth of ecological knowledge and spiritual connection to the natural world that is fundamental to indigenous cultures and lifeways." "Turner has worked with Native peoples in the Pacific Northwest for more than thirty-five years, and generations of her indigenous teachers have given her permission to share their stories and perspectives about the natural world. Their teachings describe a rich variety of methods of harvesting, transporting, processing, storing, maintaining, and enhancing natural resources such as trees, medicinal plants, berries, root vegetables, fish, meat, and shellfish. More than just stories, these narratives underlie a belief system that informs everyday attitudes toward the earth." The Earth's Blanket suggests how systems of traditional ecological knowledge can contribute to the modern world.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295984742
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2005
  • Series: Culture, Place, and Nature Series
  • Pages: 304
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue : the land and the peoples 11
1 Wealth and value in a changing world 19
2 Land-based stories of peoples and home places 41
3 A kincentric approach to nature 69
4 Honouring nature through ceremony and ritual 95
5 The balance between humans and nature 127
6 Looking after the lands and waters 147
7 Everything is one 179
8 Finding meaning in a contemporary context 211
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