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Winner of the 2005 John Burroughs Medal Award for Natural History Writing

Living at the limits of our ordinary perception, mosses are a common but largely unnoticed element of the natural world. Gathering Moss is a beautifully written 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 Wall 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 diverse experiences as a scientist, mother, teacher, and writer of Native American heritage, 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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  1. cover
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  1. fm
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  1. Table of Contents
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  1. Preface: Seeing the World Through Moss-colored Glasses
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  1. Acknowledgements
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  1. The Standing Stones
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  1. Learning to See
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  1. The Advantages of Being Small:Life in the Boundary Layer
  2. pp. 23-29
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  1. Back to the Pond
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  1. Sexual Asymmetry and the Satellite Sisters
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  1. An Affinity for Water
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  1. Binding up the Wounds:Mosses in Ecological Succession
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  1. In the Forest of the Waterbear
  2. pp. 61-70
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  1. Kickapoo
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  1. Choices
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  1. A Landscape of Chance
  2. pp. 91-99
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  1. City Mosses
  2. pp. 100-108
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  1. The Web of Reciprocity:Indigenous Uses of Moss
  2. pp. 109-119
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  1. The Red Sneaker
  2. pp. 120-129
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  1. Portrait of Splachnum
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  1. The Owner
  2. pp. 134-149
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  1. The Forest Gives Thanks to the Mosses
  2. pp. 150-159
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  1. The Bystander
  2. pp. 160-164
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  1. Straw into Gold
  2. pp. 165-171
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  1. Suggestions for Further Reading
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  1. Index
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780870716416
Related ISBN
9780870714993
MARC Record
OCLC
794701187
Pages
176
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
No
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