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No region of this continent and few areas in the world can boast a collection of archaeological ruins equal to that of the American Southwest. An indispensable guide to over fifty sites throughout the region,
This collection consists of essays by archaeologists, anthropologists, and writers on topics such as rock art, architecture, ceramics, religion, and everyday life of different prehistoric peoples who inhabited the Southwest U.S
Travel writer David Roberts recounts his research into the Ancestral Puebloans, Navajo, and Comanche through exploration of sites, some remote and hard to access, in Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and Colorado. This is an updated version of his popular, In Search of the Old Ones, first published in 1996.
The essays collected here are contributed by Ute cultural leaders and by other scholars; they reveal the richness of Ute material culture, heretofore almost unknown, in groundbreaking studies of Ute prehistory, history, world view, culture, and art. The book is illustrated with color photographs of 139 historic artifacts and over 40 contemporary works, as well as numerous historic photographs of Ute life.
The most comprehensive field guide available to the flora and fauna of the American Southwest. This essential companion for visitors and residents alike is the go-to reference source for over 18 million nature lovers.
A illustrated guide to the geology of Utah's National Parks including: Arches National Park, Bryce Canyon National Park, Canyonlands National Park, Capitol Reef National Park, Zion National Park and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.
This is a full-color, updated version of the popular Roadside Geology of Utah. From its spectacular red rock country, to the immense Great Basin, to its high Rocky Mountains, Utah offers spectacular geology to explore and understand.
Carmean's book focuses on traditional cultural properties and resource management among native people in the United States. She examines the specific geographical locations and landforms that contain significant cultural and religious meaning to the Navajo people.
Robert S. McPherson presents an intimate history of the Diné, or Navajo people, of southeastern Utah. By incorporating Native voices, the author shows how the Diné's culture and economy have both persisted and changed during the twentieth century.
Through extensive interviews, Maureen Trudelle Schwarz allows Navajo to speak for themselves on the ways they find to respond to crises and chronic issues. In capturing what Navajo say and think about themselves, Schwarz presents this southwestern people's perceptions, values, and sense of place in the world.
Unwelcome in Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois, Mormons migrated to the dry lands between the Rockies and the Sierra Nevada to establish Mormon country: a wasteland made green. The story of Mormon country is one of self-sacrifice and labor spent in the search for an ideal in the most forbidding territory of the American West.
Part autobiography, part interview, and part conversation, Zah and Iverson's account touches on a wide range of overlapping topics, but two central themes prevail: education and empowerment. We Will Secure Our Future is a fascinating look into the life of a man who became a respected visionary and passionate advocate for his people.
Thomas G. Alexander tells the story of the Beehive State in Utah, "The Right Place," a Utah Statehood Centennial Project of the Utah State Historical Society was originally published in 1995. This newly updated and revised edition is provides a "comprehensive" historical Utah experience. With current information on recent political and economic changes.
In this text that ranges across Utah, Nevada, New Mexico, Colorado and eastern California, Ned Blackhawk places native peoples at the center of a dynamic and complex story. He chronicles two centuries of Indian and imperial history that profoundly shaped the American West.
This book interprets the profound changes that occurred during the half century between statehood in 1896 and the end of World War II in 1945, revealing the impacts on both institutions and ordinary people in Utah. The authors incorporate fresh archival sources, new oral histories, and hundreds of scholarly articles and books as they narrate the story of Utah's crucial formative years.
John Wesley Powell (1834-1902) is celebrated as the first explorer of the Colorado River, founder and first director of the Smithsonian Institute’s Bureau of Ethnology, second director of the US Geological Survey, and a fierce champion of land preservation and conservation of the West. This is the firsthand account of his explorations of the Green River, Colorado River, and Grand Canyon during the years 1869 through 1871.
This passion filled, moving autobiographical work is a collection of vignettes about life in the wilderness and the nature of the desert itself by park ranger and conservationist, Edward Abbey. The book details the unique adventures and conflicts the author faces. Desert Solitaire is not only a collection of stories, but a philosophical memoir.
Call Number: Van Pelt Library PS3523.A446 S54 1981
Publication Date: 1957
Louis L'Amour, an iconic novelist in the Western genre, set this novel in south-central Utah Territory. Mystery fans might also enjoy one of the many Tony Hillerman novels (for example, A Thief of Time (1988), those of Nevada Barr (in particular, The Rope (2012)), or Rich Curtin (for example, Artifacts of Death (2011)) which feature sites on the trip.
Call Number: Van Pelt Library PS3513.R6545 R5 1995
Publication Date: 2012
Riders of the Purple Sage tells the story of a Mormon woman caught between the persecution of religious zealots and several "Gentile" gunmen seeking to lend her a helping hand. This novel is set in Utah during the nineteenth century. It offers an early critique on the practice of polygamy in the Old West.
In support of tribal efforts to protect the Bears Ears, Native writers bear testimony to the fragile and essential nature of this sacred landscape in America's remote red rock country. Through poem and essay, these authors explore the ways many native people derive tradition and cultural history from the Bears Ears.
Red Rock Stories conveys spiritual and cultural values of Utah's canyon country through essays and poems of writers whose births span seven decades. First delivered to decision makers in Washington as a limited-edition chapbook, this art-as-advocacy book explores the fierce beauty of and the dangers to ecological and archaeological integrity in this politically embattled corner of wild America.
In this collage of stories, essays, and testimony, Williams makes a stirring case for the preservation of America's Redrock Wilderness in the canyon country of southern Utah. With grace, humor, and compassionate intelligence, Williams reminds us that the preservation of wildness is not simply a political process but a spiritual one.