Date of Completion


Document Type

Honors College Thesis



Thesis Type

Honors College, College of Arts and Science Honors

First Advisor

Ingrid L. Nelson

Second Advisor

Abigail McGowan


more-than-human geography, autoethnography, settler colonialism, GeoHumanities, pinus strobus


Eastern white pines (ewps) (have) grow(n) through the temporal and physical landscape now known as northern “New England” along with settlers who (have) shape(d) this place with the violence of settler colonialism and white supremacy. Settlers have severed and exploited human-tree relationships throughout the threads of revolution, wealth accumulation, industry, conservation, and death entangled in today’s political ecology. Using methods from history, autoethnography, and more-than-human/plant geographies, I position myself and case studies of two colonial settler ancestors in relation to ewps, focusing on places in Littleton MA, Burlington VT, Dover NH, Manchester VT, and Gilford, NH. I find that a “place praxis” which involves time, attention, and love in relationship with more-than-human beings can transform ways of being on and with land.

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