Ecopoetics Along Shorelines

WRITING IN THE FIELD

April 23, 2018
Julie Ann

One of Alaimo’s themes is that humans have removed themselves from the immediacy of what it means to inhabit this anthropocene by focusing on a perspective that is “zoomed out.” We have adopted a detached worldview of our destruction. Striking when considering the tribal view of interconnectedness we saw from the Swinomish and Samish. In places, the Muckleshoot argue exactly the opposite, we need to zoom out when considering salmon and watersheds. So much work is going into small scale restoration while in other places human activity continues to degrade salmon habitat. Some combination of the two is surely warranted.

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