“Ancient Mother in Her Robes of Green”: The Modern Nature Essay and the Search for Cultural and Environmental Connections to the Land


Dale E. Potts (American Folklore Society)

In the twentieth century, modern nature writing strove to connect conservation thought with folk traditions to present environmental and cultural connections to place. Maliseet Henry Red Eagle wrote of Maine, Henry Beston of Maine and Massachusetts, Jesse Stuart of Kentucky, Annie Dillard of Virginia, and Eddy L. Harris of his journeys on the Mississippi River. Each writer explored connections between people and place, and between place and folk belief. They provide us with insights into the historical and cultural contexts of environmental thought while simultaneously illustrating the importance of understanding traditions and cultural connections to the past.

Part of 14-07 Narrating Human-Nature Relations, Monday, October 18, 2:15 pm–3:45 pm