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Do you have a wild land story to tell?

 ‘ It is the story of all life that is holy and is good to tell, and of us two-leggeds sharing in it with the four-leggeds and the wings of the air and all green things; for these are children of one mother and their father is one spirit’

– from Black Elk Speaks, The Story of an Oglala Sioux

Black Elk like Aldo Leopold, who envisaged a land ethic, saw land as a community of relationship by birth not just as a chattel affording its owner privileges without obligations.

This study will investigate whether stories or narratives can reveal how wild land matters to us, morally and if so in what ways.  Monetary values pervade modern society and public opinion, while aesthetic values are not deep enough to penetrate to people’s ethical beliefs and furthermore people tend to express their emotions indirectly, meaning that the values that people place upon wild lands are elusive.

Would you like to write me a story about an adventure or experience you have had in a wild land area of Scotland or perhaps you already have one. If so, please first contact me, Helen Steen: (UHI Student) at the following email address:

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