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Fire on the Plateau: Conflict and Endurance in the American Southwest

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Publisher Comments:

"This book recounts my journey through the Colorado Plateau, a journey through place and time and self.... During my explorations of more than three decades, I found a land that sears into my heart and soul, a place that has taught me and changed me. I also discovered a land of conflict and endurance, a land that has given birth to one of the great chapters in American history." -from the Introductio.

The Colorado Plateau, stretching across four states and covering nearly 80 million acres, is one of the most unique and spectacular landscapes in the world. Remote, rugged, and dry - at once forlorn and glorious - it is a separate place, a place with its own distinctive landscape, history, and future.

In Fire on the Plateau, legal scholar and writer Charles Wilkinson relates the powerful story of how, over the past thirty years, he has been drawn ever more deeply into the redrock country and Indian societies of the Colorado Plateau. His work in the early 1970s as staff attorney for the newly formed Native American Rights Fund brought him into close contact with Navajo and Hopi people. His growing friendships with American Indians and increasing understanding of their cultures, along with his longstanding scholarship and experiences on federal public lands, led him to delve into the complicated history of the region.

Wilkinson examines that history-the sometimes violent conflicts between indigenous populations and more recent settlers, the political machinations by industry and the legal establishment, the contentious disputes over resources and land use-and provides a compelling look at the epic events that have shaped the region. From centuries of habitation by native peoples to Mormon settlement, from the "Big Build-Up" of the post-World War II era to the increased environmental awareness of recent years, he explores the conquests of tribes and lands that have taken place, and the ways in which both have endured.

Throughout, Wilkinson uses his own personal experiences as a lawyer working with Indian people, and his heartfelt insights about a land that he grew to love, to tie together the threads of the story. Fire on the Plateau is a vital and dynamic work that is sure to strike a chord with anyone interested in the past or future of the American Southwest.

Book News Annotation:

Drawing on his exploration of the area for more than three decades, Wilkinson (law, U. of Colorado-Boulder) examines a number of historical events and continuing issues relating to the redrock countryside and Indian societies of the Colorado Plateau, which stretches across the states forming the Four Corners. Maps detail the various localities he describes.
Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Synopsis:

The Colorado Plateau, stretching across four states and covering nearly 80 million acres, is a unique and spectacular region. Remote, rugged, dry — at once forlorn and glorious — it is a separate place, a place with its own distinctive landscape, history, and future.<P>In Fire on the Plateau, Charles Wilkinson examines the history of that complicated region — the sometimes violent conflicts between indigenous populations and more recent settlers, the political machinations of industry, the treachery of the legal establishment, the contentious disputes over land — and provides a compelling look at the epic events that have shaped the region. From centuries of habitation by native peoples to Mormon settlement, from the "Big Build-Up" of the post — World War II era to the increased environmental awareness of recent years, he explores the conquests of tribes and lands that have taken place, and the ways in which both have endured.<P>Charles Wilkinson relates the powerful story of how, over the past thirty years, he has been drawn ever more deeply into the redrock country and Indian societies of the Colorado Plateau. Throughout, Wilkinson uses his personal experiences as a lawyer working with Indian people, and his heartfelt insights about a land that he grew to love, to tie together the threads of the story. Fire on the Plateau is a vital and dynamic work that speaks to anyone interested in the American Southwest.

Description:

Includes bibliographical references (p. 351-392) and index.

About the Author

Charles Wilkinson is Moses Lasky Professor of Law at the University of Colorado in Boulder, Colorado. Among his books are Crossing the Next Meridian (Island Press, 1992) and The Eagle Bird (Pantheon, 1992).

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Colorado Plateau

 

PART I. Bedrock

Chapter 1. Route 66

Chapter 2. Mexican Hat

Chapter 3. Deseret

Chapter 4. Coyote

Chapter 5. Vishnu

 

PART II. Conflicts and Conquests

Chapter 6. Kykotmovi

Chapter 7. Jack

Chapter 8. Uintah

Chapter 9. Phoenix

Chapter 10. Rosa

Chapter 11. Cretaceous

Chapter 12. Junction Dam

 

PART III. Endurance

Chapter 13. Ceder Mesa Canyon

Chapter 14. Black Mesa

Chapter 15. Kachina

Chapter 16. Druid Arch

Chapter 17. Mount Blanca

 

Notes

Acknowledgments

About the Author

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781559636476
Subtitle:
Conflict And Endurance In The American Southwest
Author:
Wilkinson, Charles
Author:
Wilkinson, Charles F.
Publisher:
Island Press
Location:
Washington, DC :
Subject:
General
Subject:
History
Subject:
Indians of north america
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
United States - State & Local
Subject:
Southwest, new
Subject:
Indians, treatment of
Subject:
Colorado Plateau
Subject:
Colorado Plateau Description and travel.
Subject:
Indians, Treatment of -- Colorado Plateau.
Subject:
United States - State & Local - General
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Indians of North America -- Colorado Plateau.
Edition Number:
1
Edition Description:
1
Publication Date:
19990401
Binding:
Hardback
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Related Subjects

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Science and Mathematics » Environmental Studies » General

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"Synopsis" by , The Colorado Plateau, stretching across four states and covering nearly 80 million acres, is a unique and spectacular region. Remote, rugged, dry — at once forlorn and glorious — it is a separate place, a place with its own distinctive landscape, history, and future.<P>In Fire on the Plateau, Charles Wilkinson examines the history of that complicated region — the sometimes violent conflicts between indigenous populations and more recent settlers, the political machinations of industry, the treachery of the legal establishment, the contentious disputes over land — and provides a compelling look at the epic events that have shaped the region. From centuries of habitation by native peoples to Mormon settlement, from the "Big Build-Up" of the post — World War II era to the increased environmental awareness of recent years, he explores the conquests of tribes and lands that have taken place, and the ways in which both have endured.<P>Charles Wilkinson relates the powerful story of how, over the past thirty years, he has been drawn ever more deeply into the redrock country and Indian societies of the Colorado Plateau. Throughout, Wilkinson uses his personal experiences as a lawyer working with Indian people, and his heartfelt insights about a land that he grew to love, to tie together the threads of the story. Fire on the Plateau is a vital and dynamic work that speaks to anyone interested in the American Southwest.
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