The following set of cards accompany the booklet, Field Guide 02: Shaped by Rivers, one in a series of Field Guides to the Anthropocene Drift. In it, I collaborated with geologist Sam Muñoz to introduce the intertwining relations of deep-time geological histories of glaciers and rivers, and more recent settler-colonial impacts on the unique landscape known as the Driftless area of the Upper Mississippi region. The narrative describes cycles of damage, crisis and repair, highlighting the necessity for respect and care in the mutual relations of rivers and humans.
The prompts contained on these cards are invitations to learn, through a variety of embodied practices, the intertwining histories, geographies and relations around your local waterways. Through these explorations these cards ask: How might we relate to our daily waterways with care and respect, understanding the entwined mutualities of our shared health and vitality?
- Heather Parrish