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Biography of a Place: Passages Through a Central Oregon Meadowby Martin Winch
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Biography of a Place explores and weaves together the social and natural history of one meadow. It digs down into the roots of place. This is a meadow with a surprising and entertaining story and a memorable cast of characters. The storyline flows across overlapping circles of conneciton among people and place. This is a pleasurable, novel way to understand how a social and natural landscape became what it is today. Imagine being at the meadow to witness unfolding before you the larger story of this landscape. Follow Indian peoples through traditional time, early European exploration and commerce, Civil War, and eventual settlement. Meet the persons whose lives touched the meadow. Probe their attitudes toward the natural environment, the interplay between the biotic and human communities. Track the tale to the present day, when the meadow has become a nature preserve.
Book News Annotation:
Author Winch details the history and changes that have taken place in Camp Polk Meadow in central Oregon, particularly since the first non- natives from the Hudson's Bay Company appeared. The isolated meadow was popular thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans by eight tribal groups. The author explores the history of the land from the time of the early Americans who used it through its use as an Army camp in the mid-1800s and into the 21st century. The book includes over 150 black-and-white photos. Published by Deschutes County Historical Society, distributed by University of Washington Press. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Biography of a Place explores and weaves together the social and natural history of one meadow. It digs down into the roots of place, following Indian peoples through traditional time, early European exploration, settlement, and finally the establishment of a nature preserve.
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