Legends of the Common Stream

Legends of the Common Stream

by John Hanson Mitchell
Legends of the Common Stream

Legends of the Common Stream

by John Hanson Mitchell


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For over twenty years, John Hanson Mitchell has visited Beaver Brook almost daily. This small, slow-flowing Massachusetts stream was of vital importance for early settlers and an indispensable resource for the Native peoples who lived and fished along its shores, but it has been largely forgotten in our own time. Revisiting the river's oxbows, bends, and marshes over the course of a year, Legends of the Common Stream combines a natural history of Beaver Brook with a study of the people who lived on this land and a meandering, but stunning, examination of the myths and legends that can help us to better understand humanity's relationship to the natural world.

While Mitchell never leaves the brook's shores, he draws from a range of traditions and takes readers on excursions to regions and cultures across the globe and across time, making the case that our contemporary separation from nature goes hand in hand with our alienation from the world of myth. This book seeks to restore these broken relationships and offers the reminder that while cultures may come and go, the stream goes on forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625345813
Publisher: Bright Leaf
Publication date: 04/30/2021
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 525,787
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

JOHN HANSON MITCHELL is the author of thirteen books, six of which focus on Scratch Flat, a single square mile of land in eastern Massachusetts.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Chapter 1 The Deer Moon 1

Chapter 2 The Hunger Moon 10

Chapter 3 The Snow Moon 23

Chapter 4 The Worm Moon

Chapter 5 The Egg Moon 60

Chapter 6 The Flower Moon 73

Chapter 7 The Strawberry Moon 90

Chapter 8 The Buck Moon 108

Chapter 9 The Thunder Moon 121

Chapter 10 The Harvest Moon 136

Chapter 11 The Hunter's Moon 148

Chapter 12 The Beaver Moon 167

Chapter 13 The Cold Moon 180

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