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Nature, Culture, and Big Old Trees: Live Oaks and Ceibas in the Landscapes of Louisiana and Guatemala Paperback – February 1, 2004


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  • Paperback: 199 pages
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press (February 1, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0292702132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0292702134
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,779,428 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Dr. Anderson convincingly demonstrates why big old trees loom large in our cultural stories and individual imaginations: they are landmarks, benchmarks through time, and cultural talismans or touchstones... Anderson is an engaging writer who delights in her subject; her enthusiasm is contagious." --Gary Paul Nabhan, Director, Center for Sustainable Environments, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff

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Kit Anderson is a cultural geographer and ethnobotanist who holds a Ph.D. in geography from Louisiana State University. She is a former editor-in chief of National Gardening Magazine and author of numerous articles on people and plants. In addition to teaching at the University of Vermont, she offers consulting on people-plant topics.

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This is a fairly short book that seems to have its origins in her dissertation on these trees.

It's an imaginative cross-cultural comparison of the history, use and cultural attitudes towards big old trees--Louisiana and Guatemala. Because her fieldwork was done in the 1990s her book is a little out of date, although cultural attitudes probably don't change much in a couple of decades. In each context, big old trees are admired, looked after and feature as part of the local landscape. There appears to be a tendency to overestimate a large tree's age.

The book is really cultural anthropology. I found it fairly interesting because of a personal interest in ancient trees. It's not quite light reading. Preview the book before you buy it, unless cultural anthropology appeals to you.
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