Ancestral Structures on the Trailing Edge ‹ Literary Hub


Emergence Magazine is an online publication with annual print edition exploring the threads connecting ecology, culture, and spirituality. As we experience the desecration of our lands and waters, the extinguishing of species, and a loss of sacred connection to the Earth, we look to emerging stories. Our podcast features exclusive interviews, narrated essays, stories and more.

Histories are enduring presences. No matter how deeply they are buried, they remain. In this weeks narrated essay, author Lauret E. Savoy meditates on the history of the Chesapeake region and the vestiges of collision and rupture that continue to mark its physical and cultural terrains. Surfacing ancient geological movements alongside the deliberate construction of race in colonial America, she considers the entwinement of tectonic and human historiesthe ancestral structures that remain in plain sight and out of view.

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Lauret E. Savoy is the author of Trace: Memory, History, Race, and the American Landscape, winner of the American Book Award and the ASLE Creative Writing Award. She co-editedThe Colors of Nature: Culture, Identity, and the Natural World, co-authoredLiving with the Changing California Coast, and compiled and editedBedrock: Writers on the Wonders of Geology. Laurets life and work draw from her need to put the eroded world into language, to remember fragmented pasts into present. A woman of African American, Euro-American, and Native American heritage, she explores the stories we tell of the American lands originsand the stories we tell of ourselves in this land.

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