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Gathering moss : a natural and cultural history of mosses

Author: Robin Wall Kimmerer
Publisher: Corvallis, OR : Oregon State University Press, [2003]
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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Living at the limits of our ordinary perception, mosses are a common but largely unnoticed element of the natural world. Gathering moss is a mix of science and personal reflection that invites readers to explore and learn from the elegantly simple lives of mosses. In this series of linked personal essays, Robin Kimmerer leads general readers and scientists alike to an understanding of how mosses live and how their  Read more...
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Named Person: Robin Wall Kimmerer; Robin Wall Kimmerer
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robin Wall Kimmerer
ISBN: 0870714996 9780870714993
OCLC Number: 50761068
Awards: Winner of John Burroughs Medal for Outstanding Natural History Writing (Natural History) 2005
Description: viii, 168 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: Preface: Seeing the World Through Moss-Colored Glasses --
The Standing Stones --
Learning to See --
The Advantages of Being Small: Life in the Boundary Layer --
Back to the Pond --
Sexual Asymmetry and the Satellite Sisters --
An Affinity for Water --
Binding Up the Wounds: Mosses in Ecological Succession --
In the Forest of the Waterbear --
Kickapoo --
Choices --
A Landscape of Chance --
City Mosses --
The Web of Reciprocity: Indigenous Uses of Moss --
The Red Sneaker --
Portrait of Splachnum --
The Owner --
The Forest Gives Thanks to the Mosses --
The Bystander --
Straw Into Gold --
Suggestions for Further Reading.
Responsibility: by Robin Wall Kimmerer.

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Living at the limits of our ordinary perception, mosses are a common but largely unnoticed element of the natural world. Gathering moss is a mix of science and personal reflection that invites readers to explore and learn from the elegantly simple lives of mosses. In this series of linked personal essays, Robin Kimmerer leads general readers and scientists alike to an understanding of how mosses live and how their lives are intertwined with the lives of countless other beings. Kimmerer explains the biology of mosses clearly and artfully, while at the same time reflecting on what these fascinating organisms have to teach us. Drawing on her experiences as a scientist, a mother, and a Native American, Kimmerer explains the stories of mosses in scientific terms as well as in the framework of indigenous ways of knowing. In her book, the natural history and cultural relationships of mosses become a powerful metaphor for ways of living in the world.

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