Book Description People are natural storytellers. Basically this is how our ancestors and contemporary indigenous folk teach and learn. I continue their traditions in these stories because I have seen the power of such tales to change hearts and minds. In these stories, myths, and essays I blend traditional lore with scientific facts while sometimes enclosing hidden nuggets of wisdom. Some of these tales are garnered from my own experience or from delving into scientific publications. Others I have gathered from quite disparate sources, such as Native American legends, myths, and East Indian oral history This series of interlocking stories reveals a collective theme. Although each story is self-contained, in their totality, they demonstrate a crucial connection between the natural world and the one that mankind is increasingly inventing, often without awareness as to the consequences for ourselves and the rest of the community of life. The first tale, “Sleeping with Wolves,” demonstrates through my up-close-and-personal encounter with these enigmatic canids, the two sides of our relationship with nature: one of common origin and natural affinities, and the other of atavistic fears that cause us to attempt to control or destroy nature. “Doctor Pusztai’s Dilemma and the Mexican Maze” is a description of the powerful forces in our present culture that oppose a few courageous scientists who attempt to warn us of the possible dangers of genetically engineered food. “The Tracks at Chauvet Cave” is a scientific detective story but one in which our growing concern for the safety of an unknown child, who lived more than 20,000 years ago, reveals that we are basically still the same people who gathered and hunted during the Stone age. The story “The Incredible Shrinking Megafauna” shows what profound effects both our deliberate and unintentional actions have on the animals with which we share the Earth. “The Pleistocene Massacres” is yet another detective story. Did we kill off the large North American mammals when our ancestors migrated from Siberia, and why is the answer of vital importance to us 10,000 years after the fact? “People of the Earth” reveals the astonishing accuracy of the oral histories of indigenous peoples. In one tale a 7,000-year-old American Indian legend, demonstrates that Earth-based peoples literally have some important things to say to us, if we are only willing to listen. “The Fisherman and the Wolves” tells of my chance encounter with a seemingly jolly old man who suddenly becomes darkly angry. The tale shows how false and persistent stories, some of which had their origins in old European fairy tales, may lead to unreasoning hatred and a second extinction of the wolf so recently reintroduced into the Rocky Mountains. The concluding essay, “My Son, the Indian,” introduces the reader to a cast of charming, picaresque, and sometimes outrageous characters, who are leading a growing movement, dedicated to reconnecting children to the natural world.
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Published June 27, 2016
by CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform.
Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math.