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Ancient Earth and the First Ancestors: A Cultural and Geological Journey
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Rockflower Press
Pub Date: 2011
ISBN: 9780978599898
Ron Morton, Carl Gawboy
Ancient Earth and the First Ancestors: A Cultural and Geological Journey
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Ancient Earth and the First Ancestors: A Cultural and Geological Journey

by Ron Morton and Carl Gawboy

Winner of the Northeastern Minnesota Book Award

In this sequel to the award winning Talking Rocks an earth scientist and an Ojibwe elder travel across Minnesota exploring the ancient rocks that make up a a large part of the state.

As the geologist describes how these rocks formed and brings to life the ancient worlds they created, the elder, through Native American stories, oral history, culture, and science illustrates how his people had an intimate understanding of, and respect for, these ancient rocks and the land they gave shape to.

Traveling from northeastern to southwestern Minnesota, some of the diverse topics they discuss are the nature of science, holistic geology, mining, science and spirituality, and the legacy of the fur trade.

Ancient Earth and the First Ancestors not only tells a fascinating story that spans billions of years, but is also a wonderful chronicle of two people from different cultural and scientific heritages learning to understand, appreciate, and see the value and importance in each other's way of viewing this land and the planet we call home.