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CANCELED: Naturalists of S. Apps Workshop Begins (28th-30th)
July 28, 2020 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm$325
Mountains Piled Upon Mountains: William Bartram and Naturalists of the Southern Appalachians with Brent Martin on July 28-30
July 28-30, 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
William Bartram provides western North Carolina with one of our most important literary and artistic renderings of this landscape with his 1791 publication, Travels through North and South Carolina, Georgia, East and West Florida, the Cherokee Country, the Extensive Territories of the Muscogulges or Creek Confederacy, and the Country of the Chactaws. Participants will explore the western North Carolina landscape and writings of William Bartram through daily field trips, readings, and meetings with authors. At the end of the three days, students will have experienced the landscape of Travels firsthand and will have gained insight into the 18th century literary and intellectual world of Bartram, along with the cultural and natural history of western North Carolina at that time. Cherokee history of this area and era will be a focus, as will the art and descriptions of the southeast through the eyes of other early explorers, such as Andre Michaux and Mark Catesby.
Brent Martin lives in the Cowee community in western North Carolina where he and his wife Angela Faye Martin run Alarka Institute, a nature, literary, and art based business that offers workshop and field trips. He is also the part-time director of the North Carolina Bartram Trail Society. He has served as the Southern Appalachian Regional Director for the Wilderness Society, Executive Director of Georgia Forestwatch, and Associate Director of the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee. He has an M.A. and ABD in History from Georgia State University and is a recipient of the Southern Environmental Law Center’s Southern Environmental Leadership Award. A collection of his natural history essays, The Changing Blue Ridge Mountains: Essays on Journeys Past and Present was recently published by History Press.