Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses by Robin Wall KimmererGathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses by Robin Wall Kimmerer

Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of Mosses

byRobin Wall Kimmerer

Paperback | March 1, 2003

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Living at the limits of our ordinary perception, mosses are a commonbut largely unnoticed element of the natural world. GatheringMoss is a beautifully written mix of science and personalreflection that invites readers to explore and learn from the elegantlysimple lives of mosses.

In this series of linked personal essays, Robin Wall Kimmerer leadsgeneral readers and scientists alike to an understanding of how mosseslive and how their lives are intertwined with the lives of countlessother beings. Kimmerer explains the biology of mosses clearly andartfully, while at the same time reflecting on what these fascinatingorganisms have to teach us.

Drawing on her diverse experiences as a scientist, mother, teacher,and writer of Native American heritage, Kimmerer explains the storiesof mosses in scientific terms as well as in the framework of indigenousways of knowing. In her book, the natural history and culturalrelationships of mosses become a powerful metaphor for ways of livingin the world.

Robin Wall Kimmerer is an Associate Professor on the faculty of Environmental and Forest Biology at the State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry. She has published numerous articles on the biology and ecology of mosses, as well as articles on traditional Native American knowledge of the natural wo...
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Title:Gathering Moss: A Natural and Cultural History of MossesFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:176 pages, 8.9 × 6 × 0.5 inShipping dimensions:8.9 × 6 × 0.5 inPublished:March 1, 2003Publisher:Oregon State University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0870714996

ISBN - 13:9780870714993

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Date published: 2016-11-24

Table of 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: Indegenous 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

Index

Editorial Reviews

Living at the limits of our ordinary perception, mosses are a commonbut largely unnoticed element of the natural world. GatheringMoss is a beautifully written mix of science and personalreflection that invites readers to explore and learn from the elegantlysimple lives of mosses.Something I took for granted suddenly has come alive, because I have been given its story. After reading this book, I took a magnifying glass outside and pored over tree trunks. I have seen Robin Kimmerer's miniature landscape for myself. Yet, this is so much more than a book about mosses. This is a Native American woman speaking. This is a mother's story. This is science revealed through the human psyche. Robin Kimmerer is a scientist who combines empiricism with all other forms of knowing. Hers is a spectacularly different view of the world, and her true voice needs to be heard. - Janisse Ray, author of Ecology of a Cracker Childhood and Wild Card Quilt: Taking a Chance on Home