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The Desert Smells Like Rain: A Naturalist in O'Odham Country

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Longtime residents of the Sonoran Desert, the Tohono O'odham people have spent centuries living off the land—a land that most modern citizens of southern Arizona consider totally inhospitable. Ethnobotanist Gary Nabhan has lived with the Tohono O'odham, long known as the Papagos, observing the delicate balance between these people and their environment. Bringing O'odham voices to the page at every turn, he writes elegantly of how they husband scant water supplies, grow crops, and utilize wild edible foods. Woven through his account are coyote tales, O'odham children's impressions of the desert, and observations on the political problems that come with living on both sides of an international border. Whether visiting a sacred cave in the Baboquivari Mountains or attending a saguaro wine-drinking ceremony, Nabhan conveys the everyday life and extraordinary perseverance of these desert people in a book that has become a contemporary classic of environmental literature.

Book News Annotation:

Nabhan (Center for Sustainable Development, Northern Arizona U.) lived in the Sonoran Desert with the Tohono O'odham people (also known as the Papagos) for a period. In this series of stories of his experiences, he recounts how the O'odham live in their environment and how they conceive of their relationship with nature, suggesting that there are valuable lessons for all of us.
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About the Author

A MacArthur Fellow and recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Conservation Biology, Gary Paul Nabhan is Director of the Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780816522491
Author:
Nabhan, Gary Paul
Publisher:
University of Arizona Press
Location:
Tucson
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection
Subject:
Ecology
Subject:
Native American Studies - Tribes
Subject:
Natural history
Subject:
Indigenous peoples
Subject:
Desert ecology
Subject:
Sonoran Desert
Subject:
Tohono O'Odham Indians
Subject:
Ethnic Studies - Native American Studies - Tribes
Subject:
Environmental Conservation & Protection - General
Subject:
Desert ecology -- Sonoran Desert.
Subject:
Nature and Environment, Papago [Tohono O odham]
Subject:
Pima
Subject:
Biology-Reference
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback
Series Volume:
10381
Publication Date:
20020431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
148
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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