The Earth’s Blanket: Traditional Teachings for Sustainable Living by Nancy J. Turner, ISBN-13: 978-0295987392


The Earth’s Blanket: Traditional Teachings for Sustainable Living by Nancy J. Turner, ISBN-13: 978-0295987392

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  • Publisher: ‎ University of Washington Press; (January 22, 2008)
  • Language: ‎ English
  • 304 pages
  • ISBN-10: ‎ 0295987391
  • ISBN-13: ‎ 978-0295987392

This is a thought-provoking look at Native American stories, cultural institutions, and ways of knowing, and what they can teach us about living sustainably.

Renowned ethnobotanist Nancy Turner distills in this volume her decades of experience working with First Nations in the Pacific Northwest.The Earth’s Blanket explores the wealth of ecological knowledge and the deep personal connection to the land and its history that is encoded in indigenous stories and lifeways, and what they may be able to teach all of us about living in harmony with our surroundings.

Scholarly in its thinking but accessible in its writing, The Earth’s Blanket combines first-person research with insightful critiques of Western concepts of environmental management and scientific ecology to propose how systems of traditional ecological knowledge can be recognized and enhanced. It is an important book, a magnum opus, with the power to transform our way of thinking about the Earth and our place within it.

The Earth’s Blanket is an excellent distillation of traditional teachings and narratives. This thoroughly researched book provides the necessary framework for identifying a resource management grounded in cultural traditions and wisdom and is capable of achieving a sustainable agro-ecology.”―Agricultural History

“A unique and charming book that provides fascinating insights into ways of managing wild plant and animal resources. Drawing on stories and early accounts from Native people throughout northwestern North America and, above all, her own enormously rich and detailed experiences, Nancy Turner shows that these methods have great and increasing relevance for us today.”―Eugene Anderson, University of California, Riverside

“Nancy Turner has worked with and been befriended by generations of holders of our traditional teachings, and this book is a testament not only to an outstanding career but also to an outstanding human being. The Earth’s Blanket demonstrates how science can be used to record Traditional Ecological Knowledge in a way that respects First Nations’ cultures.”―Kim Recalma―Clutesi, Elected Chief, Qualicum First Nation

“This wonderful book celebrates the connection between pepople and the land, revealing that the cultures of the world are unique and inspired expressions of the human imagination.”―Wade Davis, author of Light at the Edge of the World

Nancy J. Turner is distinguished professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, British Columbia. She is also a research associate with the Royal British Columbia Museum and the author or co-author of more than fifteen books.

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