The Owl in Monument Canyon: And Other Stories from Indian Country

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A trader for more than forty years, third-generation Southwesterner, founder of the Durango Collection, and raconteur, the late Jackson Clark presents a series of fascinating memories of people and places from his youth and his days as a dealer in Southwestern art.
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Overview

A trader for more than forty years, third-generation Southwesterner, founder of the Durango Collection, and raconteur, the late Jackson Clark presents a series of fascinating memories of people and places from his youth and his days as a dealer in Southwestern art.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
At its best, this collection of 19 autobiographical anecdotes by Clark--a trader, art collector and soda pop salesman for over 40 years in Durango, Colorado--is affectionate in its evocation of the American West. Clark's landscape is well populated with colorful characters he has known. There are the prominent: John Wetherill, the controversial trader who discovered the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde; Harry Goulding, who dreamed of turning the majestic Monument Valley into a first-rank tourist attraction; Louis L'Amour, the western novelist. There are the unknown: Harold Baxter Liebler, an Episcopal missionary with profound sensitivity to Native American cultures; and Clark's hiking buddy, Joe, with whom the author explores ancient ruins and searches for a long-dead, mysterious soldier. Mystery and magic, in fact, are never far from the center of the volume. Many of the stories involve Navajo witchcraft and spirits. One of the most successful depicts a confrontation between a Navajo fundamentalist Christian and a medicine man; and the author's humorous dealings with a sharp Indian trader named Santiago are equally memorable. This is a book of gentle rewards. Photos not seen by PW. (Oct.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780874804386
  • Publisher: University of Utah Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/1994
  • Pages: 192
  • Product dimensions: 6.12 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword
Preface
Map 2
Introduction 3
Exploring Navajoland, 1930s 7
John and Louisa Wetherill, Labor Day, 1939 19
Mike and Harry Goulding's Monument Valley 32
Ancient Cities, 1930s 50
Buckskin Charley's Last Ride 58
Harold Baxter Liebler, Priest to the Navajo 66
Trading Pepsi for Navajo Rugs 83
Navajo Pictorial Rugs 89
The Durango Collection 99
Trading with Santiago 107
Search for a Dead Soldier 118
Remembering Louis L'Amour 128
Navajo Gold 140
Weavers, Witches, and Skinwalkers 151
Bessie Morgan and the Skinwalkers 157
Connie Bitsue's Ordeal 162
Ghostway 168
The Medicine Man and the Preacher 183
The Owl in Monument Canyon 189
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