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Thinking Like a Watershed points our understanding of our relationship to the land in new directions. It is shaped by the bioregional visions of the great explorer John Wesley Powell, who articulated the notion that the arid American West should be seen as a mosaic of watersheds, and the pioneering ecologist Aldo Leopold, who put forward the concept of bringing conscience to bear within the realm of “the land ethic.”
Produced in conjunction with the documentary radio series entitled Watersheds as Commons, this book comprises essays and interviews from a diverse group of southwesterners including members of Tewa, Tohono O’odham, Hopi, Navajo, Hispano, and Anglo cultures. Their varied cultural perspectives are shaped by consciousness and resilience through having successfully endured the aridity and harshness of southwestern environments over time.
|Publisher:||University of New Mexico Press|
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About the Author
Jack Loeffler is an aural historian, radio producer, writer, and musician. Among his earlier books are Adventures with Ed: A Portrait of Abbey and La Música de los Viejitos. He lives in Santa Fe.
Celestia Loeffler, Jack’s daughter, is a writer and producer in Durango, Colorado. Both are board members of Lore of the Land, a nonprofit organization dedicated to nurturing and preserving the traditional communities of the American Southwest.
Table of Contents
Thinking Like a Watershed: Introduction Jack Loeffler 1
Pueblo Watersheds: Places, Cycles, and Life Rina Smentzell 27
Connected By Earth: Metaphors from Hopi Tutskwa Lyle Balenquab 45
"Don't You Let that Deal go Down": Navajo Water Rights and the Black Mesa Struggle Sonia Dickey 67
Politics of the Colorado River with Stewart Udall Jack Loeffler 91
Applying Navajo Tradition to the Modern World Roy Kady 105
Tohono O'odham Culture: Embracing Traditional Wisdom Camillus Lopez 133
La Cuenca Y La Querencia: The Watershed and the Sense of Place in the Merced and Acequia Landscape Juan Estevan Arellano 151
Ranching and the Practice of Watershed Conservation Sid goodloe 193
Roots of Hunger: The Quest for a Sustainable Food Culture Celestia Loeffler 215
Restorying the Land Gary Paul Nabban 235
Navigating the Rapids of the Future William de Buys 252
Conclusion Jack Loeffler 259