The Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World

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These richly varied stories reflect the diversity of cultures in today’s world. These are stories of creation and destruction, displacement and heartbreak, and hope and mystery. For centuries, readers of environmental literature have widely overlooked this richness. This anthology features work from more than thirty contributors of widely diverse backgrounds, including Jamaica Kincaid, Robin Wall Kimmerer; Yusef Komunyakaa and bell hooks. The Colors of Nature works against the grain of traditional blind spots by exploring the relationship between culture and place, emphasizing the lasting value of cultural heritage, and revealing how this wealth of perspectives is essential to building a livable future. Bracing, provocative, and profoundly illuminating, this collection provides an antidote to the despair so often accompanying the intersection of cultural diversity and ecological awareness.