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Farmer (history, SUNY at Stony Brook; Glen Canyon Dammed: Inventing Lake Powell and the Canyon Country) provides a cultural-geographic study of Utah Lake and Mount Timpanogos in central Utah during the mid-1800s. The Ute Indians depended upon the vast fishery resources of the former, a sweet-water oasis in the Great Basin, before they were forcibly displaced from there by early Mormon settlers. Their displacement to Mt. Timpanogos resulted in a historic reinterpretation of the Utes as mountain Indians and the mythologizing of the Mormon pioneers themselves as responsible for the "blooming of the desert" in this naturally fertile lake region. A central theme of the book is the conceptual development of the mountain as a local landmark at the expense of the lake. Farmer's work neatly complements W. Paul Reeve's Making Space on the Western Frontier: Mormons, Miners, and Southern Paiutes, a study of power, space, and place among competing 19th-century communities in southwestern Utah. Research libraries with interests in Great Basin, Utah, Native American, and Western water studies should take note, as should those libraries collecting for American cultural geography.
—Nathan E. Bender
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