River of Redemption tells a story of the Anacostia River in Washington DC, a once pristine ecosystem that supported a rich community of animals and plants for millions of years, including, not so long ago, a tribe of Algonquin people now known as the Nacotchtank.
The book is organized as an almanac, after the fashion of Aldo Leopold’s timeless treasure “A Sand County Almanac,” published in the 1940s.
River of Redemption’s narrative flows through the seasons of the Anacostia year, documenting how the land and all the life upon it respond to the nearness or distance of the sun. In each chapter I offer a glimpse of what I have seen in the watershed, and what I have learned.
The historical threads woven through the book offer a context for where we are now, so that we might see more clearly what possible futures lay before us, and better understand our ability and responsibility to determine that future.
You can find excerpts from the book in the River of Redemption menu, starting with the Deprivation Moon.