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Announcing Sacred Mounds, a novel of Magical Realism and Historical Fantasy from Jim Metzner, with a foreword by Hutke Fields, principal chief of the Natchez Nation.
Cyclonic hordes of insects, a telepathic despot, body-swapping sex - just a few of the surprises Salvador Samuels encounters when he is swept back to pre-colonial times, walking in the moccasins of a blind Indian - who, in turn, has been transported into Salvador's body in present-day America. Sacred Mounds Book Cover Four hundred years apart, they are bound by a mission to rescue our world, aided by the mysterious presence of the mounds. Thousands of these ancient earthworks once dotted the landscape of North America. We still don't know why they were created. Sacred Mounds suggests they are as important today as when they were made over a thousand years ago. Sacred Mounds weaves the stories of two men, each a stranger in a strange land. With the help of two remarkable women, they must find a way to save our planet and return home.
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Appalachian Spring - Poke and RampsDay: The Pulse of the Planet daily radio program offers free legal online mp3 downloads, exploring the world of sound in nature, culture and science, with audio adventures, world music, extraordinary sound portraits, science diaries, and nature ring-tones; an amazing sonic experience.

Airdate: May 04, 2021
Scientist: Mary Hufford

Appalachian Spring - Poke and RampsDay

Appalachian Spring - Poke and RampsDay
Springtime brings the culinary delight of wild ramps to this Appalachian community.

In the Appalachian Mountains, each season brings a different variety of wild edibles, from roots to berries. I'm Jim Metzner, and this is the Pulse of the Planet. Joe Aliff has lived in mountains of West Virginia all his life. His knowledge of plants has been passed down to him from his grandfather and mother. He tells us that this time of year families come together to gather nutritious plants such as ramps. "In the spring time, it was a common sight. Now folks would probably call it a sack, or a paper bag, but to us it was poke. Well, you get a poke and a knife, and every family would go to the fields, and the woods, and gather pokes full of these wild plants - and that was your granary that you had been without through the winter, and it was very healthy. And you drink your sassafras tea or your spice wood tea, and, you know, you were putting your body back in good shape. One of the first weeds up was called a ramp, well, that's still a very big happening in this country. People come from everywhere to go to ramp dinners." The pungent smelling ramp is also known as the wild leek. It makes its seasonal appearance in patches high up in the mountains. Well, this unusual vegetable grows abundantly throughout the Appalachian South, and is served up at feasts throughout the region. To hear about our new CD, please visit pulseplanet.com. Pulse of the Planet is made possible by the National Science Foundation. I'm Jim Metzner.