The Cottonwood Tree: An American Champion

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Big Earth Publishing, 2007 - Nature - 256 pages
And so poet and naturalist Kathleen Cain fell in love with the cottonwood tree. Regarded by many as a nuisance, a "trash tree," the cottonwood not only has a fascinating history, it has served noble purposes as well. Ranging from Vermont to Arizona to Alaska, this native North American tree, in various sizes, shapes, and subspecies, has been a sacred symbol, a shelter providing relief from both heat and cold, a signpost for the lost and weary-and underneath its branches many dreams have been born. In a magical blend of art and science, the author looks not only at the cottonwood-how it grows, how it travels, and what it says-but at the roles it has played and continues to play in the art, health, and history of North America. If you need the science, you will find it here-if you need the human heart, you will find it here as well. "Champion" means winner, defender, something outstanding-a hero. After reading The Cottonwood Tree: An American Champion you will see why this remarkable tree stands so tall in the American landscape. Book jacket.
 

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Contents

From a Seed55
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Drifting Back to the New Dawn81
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How to Measure a Cottonwood Tree91
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Hidden Center to Sacred Center113
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The Cottonwood Magical History Tour139
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Trouble in Cottonwood Country173
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Good News201
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About the Author257
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