Douglas & McIntyre
The Earth's Blanket

Book details:

April 2005
ISBN 978-1-55365-081-2
6" x 9"
304 pages
Cultural Studies
Environment
$35.00 CAD

Douglas & McIntyre

The Earth's Blanket

Traditional Teachings for Sustainable Living

A much-honoured ethnobotanistís thought-provoking look at First Nations stories, cultural institutions and ways of knowing, and what they can teach us about living sustainably.


Indigenous peoples have lived on the earth since time immemorial, participating in a cycle of birth, life and death that has sustained them and the plants and animals that share their environment. This heartfelt new book from ethnobotanist Nancy J. Turner 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 Earthís 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 Earth and our place on it.

About the Author

Dr. Nancy J. Turner

Dr. Nancy J. Turner

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 ...

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