From African American to Asian American, indigenous to immigrant,
multiracial to mixedblood, the diversity of cultures in this world
is matched only by the diversity of stories explaining our cultural
origins: stories of creation and destruction, displacement and
heartbreak, hope and mystery. With writing from Jamaica Kincaid on
the fallacies of national myths, Yusef Komunyakaa connecting the
toxic legacy of his hometown, Bogalusa, LA, to a blind faith in
capitalism, and bell hooks relating the quashing of
multiculturalism to the destruction of nature that is considered
unpredictable ? amongst more than 35 other examinations of the
relationship between culture and nature ? this collection points
toward the trouble of ignoring our cultural heritage, but also
reveals how opening our eyes and our minds might provide a more
Contributors: Elmaz Abinader, Faith Adiele, Francisco X. Alarcn,
Fred Arroyo, Kimberly Blaeser, Joseph Bruchac, Robert D. Bullard,
Debra Kang Dean, Camille Dungy, Nikky Finney, Ray Gonzalez, Kimiko
Hahn, bell hooks, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, Pualani Kanaka?ole
Kanahele, Robin Wall Kimmerer, Jamaica Kincaid, Yusef Komunyakaa,
J. Drew Lanham, David Mas Masumoto, Maria Melendez, Thyllias Moss,
Gary Paul Nabhan, Nalini Nadkarni, Melissa Nelson, Jennifer
Oladipo, Louis Owens, Enrique Salmon, Aileen Suzara, A. J.
Verdelle, Gerald Vizenor, Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, Al Young, Ofelia
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