The Many Meanings of Maple
Michael Lange discusses maple sugaring, focusing on why maple has become so important to Vermont’s identity, and how it helps us shape who we are as Vermonters.
Dr. Michael Lange is a professor of anthropology and folklore at Champlain College in Burlington. He has authored several academic works on cultural identity.
His recent work draws on research with sugarmakers across Vermont and includes “Foodie Influence on the Culinary Meanings of Maple Syrup” and “Sweet Bedfellows: Continuity, Change, and Terroir in Maple Syrup”. His most recent book, Meanings of Maple, is available from the University of Arkansas Press, Phoenix Books, and other sources. Meanings of Maple was recently named a Choice “Outstanding Academic Title”.