Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California

Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California

By: Susan Suntree (author)Hardback

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A history that is equal parts science and mythology, Sacred Sites offers a rare and poetic vision of a world composed of dynamic natural forces and mythic characters. The result is a singular and memorable account of the evolution of the Southern California landscape, reflecting the riches of both Native knowledge and Western scientific thought. Beginning with Western science, poet Susan Suntree carries readers from the Big Bang to the present as she describes the origins of the universe, the shifting of tectonic plates, and an evolving array of plants and animals that give Southern California its unique features today. She tells of the migration of humans into the region, where they settled, and how they lived. Complementing this narrative and reflecting the Native people's view of their own history and way of life, Suntree recounts the creation myths and songs that tell the story of the First People, of unforgettable shamans and heroes, and of the origins and migrations of the human beings. Featuring contemporary photographs of rarely seen landmarks along with meticulous research, Sacred Sites provides unusual insight into how natural history and mythology, and scientific and intuitive thinking combine to create an ever-deepening sense of a place and its people.

About Author

Susan Suntree's previous books include Wisdom of the East: Stories of Compassion, Inspiration, and Love; Rita Moreno; and Eye of the Womb. She teaches at East Los Angeles College. Gary Snyder's literary awards include the Pulitzer Prize in Poetry for Turtle Island and the Ruth Lilly Poetry Prize. Lowell John Bean is an anthropologist and the author and editor of numerous books and articles about California and Southwest Native American cultures and peoples. Juergen Nogai's work has appeared in magazines, books, and museum and gallery exhibitions worldwide.


List of Illustrations 000 Foreword 000 Introduction 000 Author's Note 000 Book One The Origins of Southern California: Western Science Part One. Light, Space, Matter 000 Part Two. Galaxy, Planet, Moon, Rain 000 Part Three. Wandering North America, Life, Death 000 Part Four. Reptiles, Flowers, Mammals, Rivers 000 Part Five. Southern California Coming: Mountains in Motion 000 Part Six. Southern California Ice Age: Bountiful Homeland 000 Book Two The Origins of Southern California: Indigenous Myths and Songs Part One. Universe, World, People 000 Part Two. The Great Captain Wiyot: Death, Spirit, Power 000 Part Three. Food, Feasting, Deer, Moon 000 Part Four. The First People 000 Part Five. Human Beings: Singers, Balance Keepers 000 Part Six. White People 000 Epilogue: Chinigchinich, the Spanish, the Yankees 000 PostScript 000 Acknowledgments 000 Notes 000 Bibliography 000

Product Details

  • ISBN13: 9780803231986
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 320
  • ID: 9780803231986
  • ISBN10: 0803231989

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