I don’t think a lot of people really understand that ecosystems in North America were purposefully maintained and altered by Native people.
Like, we used to purposefully set fires in order to clear underbrush in forests, and to inhibit the growth of trees on the prairies. This land hasn’t existed in some primeval state for thousands of years. What Europeans saw when they came here was the result of -work-
That whole thing about life isn’t straight line it’s a spiral, you keep coming back to things you thought you understood & see deeper truths. That’s me every single year with major life changes. Or it’s more like, I learn and forget and pick up the pieces again. Turn them over different ways. It’s actually comforting that I’m changing so much that I keep rearranging