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In 1908 easterners Mary Ellicott Arnold and Mabel Reed accepted appointments as field matrons in Karuk tribal communities in the Klamath and Salmon River country of northern California. In doing so, they joined a handful of white women in a rugged region that retained the frontier mentality of the gold rush some fifty years earlier. Hired to promote the federal governmentand#8217;s assimilation of American Indians, Arnold and Reed instead found themselves adapting to the world they entered, a complex and contentious territory of Anglo miners and Karuk families.

In the Land of the Grasshopper Song, Arnold and Reedand#8217;s account of their experiences, shows their irreverence towards Victorian ideals of womanhood, recounts their respect toward and friendship with Karuks, and offers a rare portrait of womenand#8217;s western experiences in this era. Writing with self-deprecating humor, the women recall their misadventures as women and#8220;in a white manand#8217;s countryand#8221; and as whites in Indian country. A story about crossing cultural divides, In the Land of the Grasshopper Song also documents Karuk resilience despite seemingly insurmountable odds.

New material by Susan Bernardin, Andrand#233; Cramblit, and Terry Supahan provides rich biographical, cultural, and historical contexts for understanding the continuing importance of this story for Karuk people and other readers.

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In this landmark work on the Anasazi tribes of the Southwest, naturalist Craig Childs dives head on into the mysteries of this vanished people.


The various tribes that made up the Anasazi people converged on Chaco Canyon (New Mexico) during the 11th century to create a civilization hailed as "the Las Vegas of its day," a flourishing cultural center that attracted pilgrims from far and wide, and a vital crossroads of the prehistoric world. By the 13th century, however, Chaco's vibrant community had disappeared without a trace.


Was it drought? Pestilence? War? Forced migration, mass murder or suicide? Conflicting theories have abounded for years, capturing the North American imagination for eons.

Join Craig Childs as he draws on the latest scholarly research, as well as a lifetime of exploration in the forbidden landscapes of the American Southwest, to shed new light on this compelling mystery. He takes us from Chaco Canyon to the highlands of Mesa Verde, to the Mongollon Rim; to a contemporary Zuni community where tribal elders maintain silence about the fate of their Lost Others; and to the largely unexplored foothills of the Sierra Madre in Mexico, where abundant remnants of Anasazi culture lie yet to be uncovered.

About the Author

Craig Childs — naturalist, adventurer, desert ecologist, and frequent contributor to National Public Radio's Morning Edition — lives in Crawford, Colorado. His previous books include The Way Out, The Secret Knowledge of Water and Soul of Nowhere.

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JLS, January 31, 2013 (view all comments by JLS)
I thought this was an excellent summary of over a hundred years of research and study regarding the peoples who lived in the Four Corners area of the Southwestern USA. The author combined personal experience and hands-on work with interviews with multiple authorities, native peoples, and people who provide the labor to do salvage work before new buildings go up. It was up close, personal, relevant, and informative.
Well done!!
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Brad Robinson, January 3, 2011 (view all comments by Brad Robinson)
The premise of this book cannot be proven by the scientific method - but then not much that is written in any of the sciences about the past can be. This fact does not detract in any way from the enjoyment of the book nor from the potential validity of the author's theory. The author's skill at weaving loose threads into a tale carefully & sometimes esoterically and "walking" the reader first north then west, then south through an amazing part of the world filled with amazing cultural artifacts was spellbinding at times. For anyone interested in the culture(s) of the American Southwest and Mexican Northeast, or of the Anasazi story - I highly recommend this book.
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Mentalfloss1, January 1, 2010 (view all comments by Mentalfloss1)
If you like the red rock canyons of the desert Southwest, and if you are interested in the Anasazi people, and enjoy adventure with a touch of craziness, excellent writing, surprising insights, and more then you may well love this book.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780316067546
Author:
Childs, Craig
Publisher:
Back Bay Books
Author:
Supahan, Terry
Author:
Arnold, Mary Ellicott
Author:
Cramblit
Author:
Andrand#233
Author:
Cramblit, Andrand#233
Author:
Reed, Mabel
Author:
Bernardin, Susan
Subject:
Native American
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Native American-General Native American Studies
Subject:
Archaeology
Subject:
United States - 20th Century
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Edition Description:
Trade paper
Publication Date:
20080731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
41 illustrations, 1 map
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
8 x 5.31 in

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"Synopsis" by , In this landmark work on the Anasazi tribes of the Southwest, naturalist Craig Childs dives head on into the mysteries of this vanished people.


The various tribes that made up the Anasazi people converged on Chaco Canyon (New Mexico) during the 11th century to create a civilization hailed as "the Las Vegas of its day," a flourishing cultural center that attracted pilgrims from far and wide, and a vital crossroads of the prehistoric world. By the 13th century, however, Chaco's vibrant community had disappeared without a trace.


Was it drought? Pestilence? War? Forced migration, mass murder or suicide? Conflicting theories have abounded for years, capturing the North American imagination for eons.

Join Craig Childs as he draws on the latest scholarly research, as well as a lifetime of exploration in the forbidden landscapes of the American Southwest, to shed new light on this compelling mystery. He takes us from Chaco Canyon to the highlands of Mesa Verde, to the Mongollon Rim; to a contemporary Zuni community where tribal elders maintain silence about the fate of their Lost Others; and to the largely unexplored foothills of the Sierra Madre in Mexico, where abundant remnants of Anasazi culture lie yet to be uncovered.

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