Fire on the Plateau: Conflict and Endurance in the American Southwest / Edition 1

Fire on the Plateau: Conflict and Endurance in the American Southwest / Edition 1

by Charles F. Wilkinson, Diane Sylvain
     
 

ISBN-10: 1559636483

ISBN-13: 9781559636483

Pub. Date: 09/15/2004

Publisher: Island Press

<p>"This book recounts my journey through the Colorado Plateau, a journey through place and time and self.... During my explorations of more than three decades, I found a land that sears into my heart and soul, a place that has taught me and changed me. I also discovered a land of conflict and endurance, a land that has given birth to one of the great chapters in…  See more details below

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<p>"This book recounts my journey through the Colorado Plateau, a journey through place and time and self.... During my explorations of more than three decades, I found a land that sears into my heart and soul, a place that has taught me and changed me. I also discovered a land of conflict and endurance, a land that has given birth to one of the great chapters in American history." -from the Introductio.<p>The Colorado Plateau, stretching across four states and covering nearly 80 million acres, is one of the most unique and spectacular landscapes in the world. Remote, rugged, and dry - at once forlorn and glorious - it is a separate place, a place with its own distinctive landscape, history, and future.<p>In Fire on the Plateau, legal scholar and writer Charles Wilkinson relates the powerful story of how, over the past thirty years, he has been drawn ever more deeply into the redrock country and Indian societies of the Colorado Plateau. His work in the early 1970s as staff attorney for the newly formed Native American Rights Fund brought him into close contact with Navajo and Hopi people. His growing friendships with American Indians and increasing understanding of their cultures, along with his longstanding scholarship and experiences on federal public lands, led him to delve into the complicated history of the region.<p>Wilkinson examines that history-the sometimes violent conflicts between indigenous populations and more recent settlers, the political machinations by industry and the legal establishment, the contentious disputes over resources and land use-and provides a compelling look at the epic events that have shaped the region. From centuries of habitation by native peoples to Mormon settlement, from the "Big Build-Up" of the post-World War II era to the increased environmental awareness of recent years, he explores the conquests of tribes and lands that have taken place, and the ways in which both have endured.<p>Throughout, Wilkinson uses his own personal experiences as a lawyer working with Indian people, and his heartfelt insights about a land that he grew to love, to tie together the threads of the story. Fire on the Plateau is a vital and dynamic work that is sure to strike a chord with anyone interested in the past or future of the American Southwest.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781559636483
Publisher:
Island Press
Publication date:
09/15/2004
Edition description:
1
Pages:
416
Sales rank:
901,907
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Colorado Plateau
Pt. 1Bedrock
1Route 663
2Mexican Hat15
3Deseret35
4Coyote56
5Vishnu79
Pt. 2Conflicts and Conquests
6Kykotsmovi105
7Jack124
8Uintah148
9Phoenix172
10Rosa186
11Cretaceous207
12Junction Dam230
Pt. 3Endurance
13Cedar Mesa Canyon251
14Black Mesa276
15Kachina295
16Druid Arch314
17Mount Blanca339
Notes351
Acknowledgments393
About the Author396
Index397

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