River of Renewal: Myth and History in the Klamath Basin

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Overview

A land of mountains, forests, wetlands, lakes, and rivers, the Klamath Basin spans the Oregon-California state line. Farms and ranches, logging towns, and back-to-the-land communities are scattered over this 10-million-acre bioregion. There are Indian reservations at the headwaters, at the estuary, and across the major tributary of the Klamath River. In this place that has witnessed, ever since the Gold Rush, a succession of wars and resource conflicts, myths of the West loom large, amplifying differences among its inhabitants.

At the core of the contemporary controversy is overallocation of the waters of the Klamath Basin. This dispute has pitted farmers and ranchers against those whose cultures and livelihoods depend upon fishing and others who would forestall the extinction of wild salmon. Yet it has also revealed the unity of the Klamath Basin, the interdependence of economic recovery with ecological restoration, and the urgency for all the communities within the Basin to find common ground.

To listen to an interview with Stephen Most entitled "Fished Out: Draining the Seas of Their Bounty," please visit: http://www.aworldofpossibilities.com/

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Editorial Reviews

Orion Magazine
Most tells these stories in the voices of the protagonists, who give the basin's complex history an illuminating immediacy that infuses the entire book. It is a mark of his achievement that he has been able to make these historical, cultural, and environmental pieces into a comprehensive whole. River of Renewal is the best source available for those wishing to think clearly about this cumulative tragedy, as well as a first—rate model for regional land use anywhere in the American West.
Environmental History
Most's account is one of the best in recent years for its integration of Native with newcomer, past with present, and myth with reality.
The Journal of the West
This book should be mandatory reading for anyone who cares about environmental problems and the complex tangle of modern society and its competing economic and political interests.
Oregon Historical Quarterly
River of Renewal offers an impressionistic, highly informative trip through the Klamath Basin's contentious past, and it does that particular job quite well.
Portland Oregonian
If a new book of regional history aspired to classic status, it would be ingeniously conceived and gracefully written. It would break new ground and offer penetrating insights. It would prove indispensable to understanding a controversial current event. Stephen Most has written such a book.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780295986227
  • Publisher: University of Washington Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 1,258,010
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 8.74 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Stephen Most is a playwright and documentary storyteller. He has contributed to numerous documentary films, including Emmy Award winners Wonders of Nature and Promises and the Academy Award-nominated Berkeley in the Sixties. His plays Medicine Show, Watershed, and A Free Country dramatize events in Pacific Northwest history.To listen to an interview with Stephen Most entitled

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Table of Contents

PrefaceAcknowledgmentsIntroduction

Part One. Headwaters1. Land of Waters2. Manifest Destiny3. Theater of War4. Reclaiming the Land

Part Two. The Mouth of the Klamath5. Rekwoi6. Between Two Worlds7. The Inland Whale8. Salmon War Stories9. Water, Fish, and Politics

Part Three. Upriver10. The Dam and the Weir11. Coyote's Journey12. The Road Not Taken13. Smokey, Bigfoot, and the Owl14. Beneath the Surface15. The State of Jefferson

Part Four. Fixing the World16. Land, Water, and Livelihood17. The Bucket on Main Street18. Stakeholders

Notes and SourcesIndex

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