- Sep 2020
legacy of poor Eve’s exile from Eden: the land shows the bruises of an abusive relationship. It’s not just land that is broken, but more importantly, our relationship to land.
This is an example of intertextuality, a connection/reference to the ancient story of Adam and Eve. Although "Skywoman Falling" is a contemporary text and does not influence the story of "Adam and Eve," this quote affects the way the reader may view the other story now. From an Indigenous perspective, Eve's exile is directly related to breaking a relationship to the land rather than to God (as many others would see). Another perspective is developed for the reader through this use of intertextuality.
Gary Nabhan has written, we can’t meaningfully proceed with healing, with restoration, without “re-story-ation.”
This is an example of allusion- Robin Kimmerer is referencing Gary Nabhan's literature known as "Food from the Radical Center" without directly naming the text. This book relates how we eat with stories of collaboration, calling on each of us to restore the nation's capacity to feed and nourish. This is a connection to the message behind "Skywoman Falling."
Western tradition there is a recognized hierarchy of beings, with, of course, the human being on top—the pinnacle of evolution, the darling of Creation—and the plants at the bottom
This is referenced to Scala Naturae. This is a concept that was derived mainly by Aristotle during the Middle Ages; a hierarchy of life based on perfection with "man on top". Clearly this Western tradition of thinking heavily contrasts traditional Indigenous perspectives on their relationship to plants and animals.
Despite our fears of falling, the gifts of the world stand by to catch us.
Really speaks to the real world and draws the readers in, making them feel connected to the work, and finding a deeper thought process for the story.
green” means an advertising slogan, not a meadow
Really interesting perspective on how certain words have changed within our vocabulary, and not always in a good way.
"Mother Earth" has been seen throughout many cultures and religions and has been called by many names. She has been called Gaia, Terra Mater, and Parvati from the Greek, Roman and Hindu religions respectively. "Mother Earth" can symbolize the earth itself, nature, or abundance.
Tree of Life
The 'Tree of Life' has been present throughout many cultures and religions across history. It has been known by many different names but the meaning is always a source of life or a creator. The ancient Egyptians, Christians, Myahs, and Assyrians all believed in this 'Tree of Life.'
These instructions are about creating peace with ourselves, others, and the land. The idea of pacifism and hospitality were encouraged. These are teachings that are passed down generation to generation among many Indigenous groups.
woman with a garden and a tree.
Reference to the story of Adam and Eve, talking about the tree of knowledge of good and evil.
Turtle Island is based on the belief that the land was created on the shell of a turtle. Hinduism also has the similar belief that the world is built on a turtle
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