Monday, September 7, 2015

Language of the animate earth

Garden Spook
CC Jean Stimmell: 9/5/15
“To our indigenous ancestors, and to the many aboriginal peoples who still hold fast to their oral traditions, language is less a human possession than it is a property of the animate earth itself, an expressive, telluric power in which we, along with the coyotes and the crickets, all participate. Each creature enacts this expressive magic in its own manner, the honeybee with its waggle dance no less than a bellicose, harrumphing sea lion.”

Nor is this power restricted solely to animals. The whispered hush of the uncut grasses at dawn, the plaintive moan of trunks rubbing against one another in the deep woods,” or the menacing glare of brussel spouts.

*quote from Becoming Animal: An Earthly Cosmology, David Abrams
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