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Taking flight : a history of birds and people in the heart of America

Author: Michael Edmonds
Publisher: Madison, WI : Wisconsin Historical Society Press, [2018]
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"A dynamic account of ornithological history in America?s heartland. Today, more than fifty million Americans traipse through wetlands at dawn, endure clouds of mosquitoes, and brave freezing autumn winds just to catch a glimpse of a bird. The human desire to connect with winged creatures defies age and generation. In the Midwest, humans and birds have lived together for more than twelve thousand years. Taking  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Michael Edmonds
ISBN: 9780870208362 0870208365
OCLC Number: 1010506600
Description: 295 pages : illustrations (some color), maps (some color) ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Thinking about birds --
2. Bones, stones, mounds, and magic --
3. Sun kings, shamans, and thunderbirds --
4. The Great Spirit had blessed them --
5. Missionaries, monsters, and miracles --
6. Soldiers, statesmen, and science --
7. Fledgling ornithologists --
8. Ahonques, timber-doodles, and shitquicks --
9. Feathers, fetishes, and fables --
10. The great extermination --
11. Thinking about people.
Responsibility: Michael Edmonds.

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"A dynamic account of ornithological history in America?s heartland. Today, more than fifty million Americans traipse through wetlands at dawn, endure clouds of mosquitoes, and brave freezing autumn winds just to catch a glimpse of a bird. The human desire to connect with winged creatures defies age and generation. In the Midwest, humans and birds have lived together for more than twelve thousand years. Taking Flight explores how and why people have worshipped, feared, studied, hunted, eaten, and protected the birds that surrounded them. Author and birder Michael Edmonds has combed archaeological reports, missionaries? journals, travelers? letters, early scientific treatises, the memoirs of American Indian elders, and the folklore of hunters, farmers, and formerly enslaved people throughout the Midwest to reveal how our ancestors thought about the very same birds we see today. Whether you?re a casual bird-watcher, a hard-core life-lister, or simply someone who loves the outdoors, you?ll look at birds differently after reading this book."--

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Birds and People

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