The Earth's Blanket: Traditional Teachings for Sustainable Living

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D & M Publishers, Sep 1, 2008 - Social Science - 304 pages
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Renowned ethnobotanist Nancy Turner brings together decades of experience working with First Nations in the Pacific Northwest. In The Earth’s Blanket, she 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 asks what they can 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.

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I quite enjoyed the book. It was full of information that I did not know existed. A good book that covers a wide range of topics. It has changed the way I look at our wasteful western culture and has helped me understand how out of balance we are with the natural world and how we take so much for granted. Thank you Nancy for putting in the time and energy into this diverse book. 

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I want to love Nancy Turner. Her topics always interest me. But the writing is so boring! Why must I have no discipline? Read full review


Preface and Acknowledgements
The Land and the Peoples
Wealth and Value in a Changing World
Landbased Stories of Peoples and Home Places
A Kincentric Approach to Nature
Honouring Nature through Ceremony and Ritual
The Balance between Humans and Nature
Looking After the Lands and Waters
Everything Is One
Finding Meaning in a Contemporary Context
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Dr. Nancy J. Turner is an ethnobotanist and Distinguished Professor in the School of Environmental Studies at the University of Victoria, B.C. She is also a research associate with the Royal British Columbia Museum. She has authored or co-authored more than 15 books, including Plants of Haida Gwaii and Plant Technology of British Columbia First Peoples, and numerous other publications in the areas of ethnobotany, traditional ecological knowledge and sustainable resource use. She was voted one of the “Top Ten Thinkers in British Columbia” in 2000. She lives in Victoria, B.C.

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