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The edge of memory : ancient stories, oral tradition and the post-glacial world / Patrick Nunn.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Evergreen Indiana.

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Bloomsbury sigma series
Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Danville-Center Twp PL - Danville 398.3 Num (Text) 32604000205698 DCTPLD AD Non-Fiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 1472943287
  • ISBN: 9781472943286
  • ISBN: 1472943260
  • ISBN: 9781472943262
  • Physical Description: 288 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations (chiefly color), maps ; 22 cm
  • Publisher: London ; Bloomsbury Sigma, 2018.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages [209]-278) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Recalling the past -- Words that matter in a harsh land -- Australian Aboriginal memories of coastal drowning -- The changing ocean surface -- Other oral archives of ancient coastal drowning -- What else might we not realise we remember? -- Have we underestimated ourselves?
Summary, etc.:
In today's society it is generally the written word that holds the authority. We are more likely to trust the words found in a history textbook over the version of history retold by a friend - after all, human memory is unreliable, and how can you be sure your friend hasn't embellished the facts? But before humans were writing down their knowledge, they were telling it to each other in the form of stories. This book celebrates the predecessor of written information - the spoken word, tales from our ancestors that have been passed down, transmitting knowledge from one generation to the next. Among the most extensive and best-analysed of these stories are from native Australian cultures. These stories conveyed both practical information and recorded history, describing a lost landscape, often featuring tales of flooding and submergence. These folk traditions are increasingly supported by hard science. Geologists are starting to corroborate the tales through study of climatic data, sediments and land forms; the evidence was there in the stories, but until recently, nobody was listening. In this book, Patrick Nunn unravels the importance of these tales, exploring the science behind folk history from various places - including northwest Europe and India - and what it can tell us about environmental phenomena, from coastal drowning to volcanic eruptions. These stories of real events were passed across the generations, and over thousands of years, and they have broad implications for our understanding of how human societies have developed through the millennia, and ultimately how we respond collectively to changes in climate, our surroundings and the environment we live in.
Subject: Folklore > History.
Ocean > Folklore
Storytelling > History.
Oral tradition
Oral history
Aboriginal Australians > Social life and customs
Indigenous peoples > Social life and customs

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