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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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"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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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 Because her fieldwork was done in the 1990s her book is a little out of date, although cultural attitudes probably don't change much in a couple of decades.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.