//Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California

Sacred Sites: The Secret History of Southern California

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A history that may be equal parts science and mythology, Sacred Sites offers a rare and poetic vision of a world composed of dynamic natural forces and mythic characters. The result is a singular and memorable account of the evolution of the Southern California landscape, reflecting the riches of both Native knowledge and Western scientific thought.

Beginning with Western science, poet Susan Suntree carries readers from the Big Bang to the current as she describes the origins of the universe, the shifting of tectonic plates, and an evolving array of plants and animals that give Southern California its unique features as of late. She tells of the migration of humans into the region, where they settled, and how they lived. Complementing this narrative and reflecting the Native people’s view of their very own history and way of living, Suntree recounts the creation myths and songs that tell the tale of the First People, of unforgettable shamans and heroes, and of the origins and migrations of the human beings.

Featuring up to date photographs of rarely seen landmarks in conjunction with meticulous research, Sacred Sites provides bizarre insight into how natural history and mythology, and scientific and intuitive thinking combine to create an ever-deepening sense of a spot and its people.

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