In a Land of Awe: Finding Reverence in the Search for Wild Horses

In a Land of Awe: Finding Reverence in the Search for Wild Horses

by Chad Hanson
In a Land of Awe: Finding Reverence in the Search for Wild Horses

In a Land of Awe: Finding Reverence in the Search for Wild Horses

by Chad Hanson


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A stirring invitation to awe—and to what it means to be wild.

Out on the edges of our frantic twenty-first-century nation, bands of wild horses stand nestled together, calmly nuzzling each other to maintain the bonds of family. Prairie hills unfurl around them, and the sky provides their shelter. In the same states where factories churn, offices bustle, and cell phones demand our attention, remote places of solace and beauty rest, mostly undiscovered, in a parallel world that lies closer than we often imagine.

Through the lens of the wild mustang, social scientist and poet Chad Hanson gives us new ways to see and meaningfully engage our world as we enter new considerations about how we understand animals and our landscapes, our history, and ourselves. What is a wild animal? How do feelings of reverence reconnect us with nature? What can we learn from our wisdom traditions? And in the end, what would it look like if we managed public land with the common good in mind? With wisdom gathered from the histories of the American West, geography, philosophy, theology, and sociology, we meet awe anew. In the tradition of the great literary and nature writers, In a Land of Awe serves as a plea for what we stand to lose if we don't find the courage to protect the planet's most beautiful, and vulnerable, others.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781506482194
Publisher: 1517 Media
Publication date: 09/13/2022
Pages: 219
Sales rank: 254,116
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Chad Hanson serves as a member of the faculty in Sociology and Religion at Casper College. He is co-founder of the Wyoming Mustang Institute, which works through research and advocacy to ensure healthy and stable wild horse populations on public land. Hanson is also the author of several books, including Trout Streams of the Heart and This Human Shape. He divides his time between Casper, Wyoming, and the Red Feather Lakes region of Colorado.

Table of Contents

Prologue: Landscapes with Wild Horses 1

Searching for Equus 15

Souls of Wildness 33

I've Come to Look for America 47

Dakota Winter 61

The Horse with a Thousand Names 81

Finding Reverence in Roosevelt 97

Enchanted by a Ghost Town 123

After the Roundup 145

Coda: Steppes of Everlasting Bliss 171

Appendix I Deconstructing Wild Horse Myths 189

Appendix II Mustang Groups and Rescue Centers 197

Appendix III Sources and Suggestions for Further Exploration 208

Acknowledgments 218

About the Author 219

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