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Earth Keeper: Reflections on the American Land

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 • Product Size: 8.4" L  x  1.1 " H  x  5.4" W Hardcover - 80 pages

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"In Earth Keeper: Reflections on an American Land, Momaday reflects on his native ground and its influence on his people. "When I think about my life and the lives of my ancestors, I am inevitably led to the conviction that I, and they, belong to the American land. This is a declaration of belonging. And it is an offering to the earth." he writes. Earth Keeper is a story of attachment, rooted in oral tradition. Momaday recalls stories of his childhood that have been passed down through generations, stories that reveal a profound and sacred connection to the American landscape and a reverence for the natural world. In this moving work, he offers an homage and a warning. Momaday reminds us that the Earth is a sacred place of wonder and beauty; a source of strength and healing that must be protected before it's too late. As he so eloquently yet simply reminds us, we must all be keepers of the Earth"--

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  • Dazzling. . . . In glittering prose, Momaday recalls stories passed down through generations, illuminating the earth as a sacrosanct place of wonder and abundance. At once a celebration and a warning, Earth Keeper is an impassioned defense of all that our endangered planet stands to lose.-- Esquire

     

    "Poets and storytellers have always reminded us of our spiritual connections to the land and the world around us -- passed along through dreams, stories, memories, and mythologies. Scott Momaday skillfully continues this tradition in Earth Keeper, from which we can all learn and benefit."-- Robert Redford
     
     
    "Short but satisfying. . . . Using lyrical, heartfelt language, [Momaday] looks back on a life lived close to nature, and on the joy that natural wonders have given him. . . . At a time when bad news is in plentiful supply, readers will find Momaday's words refreshing and comforting in their sincerity."-- Publishers Weekly
     
     
    "Wonder abounds in these pages. . . . Short chapters of prose that read almost like prayers to the natural world."-- Kirkus Reviews
     
     
    Part memory and part meditation, part poem and part prayer, Earth Keeper is a short but powerful collection that holds its arms out to the world, asking to be read again and again. I make a prayer for words, writes Momaday. Let me say my heart. That heart is evident on every page of Earth Keeper, a reminder that body, soul and earth are inextricably woven together, and to deny that connection is to deny one's very humanity.-- Shelf Awareness (starred review)

     

    "Earth Keeper is a prayer for continuity in these days of uncertainty. I cannot tell you why I loved this book, I can only tell you I wept my way through it. Each page brought me closer to myself, a self I had lost in the pandemic. We need Scott Momaday's calm, clear prose and stories. Words are medicine. There is wisdom in sharing what one knows, especially at a time when we know so little. 'Let me say my heart, ' he says. And he does."-- Terry Tempest Williams, author of Erosion: Essays of Undoing
     
    A profound reflection on humanity's relationship with its terrestrial home, the planet Earth.-- Booklist


    "A collection of short essays as multilayered and majestic as the landscape that has been present in everything that Momaday has written. . . . [A] poetic love letter to the Earth."-- Minneapolis Star Tribune


    A timely meditation on the natural world -- as well as what we stand to lose as the climate changes.-- New York Times


    Earth Keeper is a celebration of the rich spiritual imagination of America's Native peoples. . . . Momaday, now 86 years old, must be ranked among the greatest of our contemporary writers and our environmental prophets.-- American Scholar

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