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A gathering of stones
Bassett, Carol Ann.
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Corvallis Or. : Oregon State University Press, [2002]

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120 pages ; 22 cm
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G465 .B39 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
G465 .B39 2002 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Drawing on her wide-ranging travels, from the Canadian Arctic to southern Chile, and from the Kalahari to the deserts of the American Southwest, Carol Ann Bassett takes readers on an intimate journey into the communities, ceremonies, and lives of traditional peoples struggling to survive in the face of rapid change.

Author Notes

Carol Ann Bassett's work has appeared in The New York Times, Time Magazine, Mother Jones, Conde Nast Traveler, The Nation, and in anthologies of the best American nature writing. She is an assistant professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at the University of Oregon

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Bassett writes, "I wanted to travel ever deeper into the unknown, to understand the connections between culture and place, to learn how landscape shapes our traditions and psyches." Consequently, she visited the 120,000-square-mile Sonoran Desert of Arizona, California, and Mexico; Mexico's Baffanca del Cobre, inhabited by Tarahumara Indians, who believe that butterflies are souls that fly away after death; and the Basque sheepherders of Arizona. She toured the Yukon Territory and talked with Basarwa Bushmen of the Kalahari Desert. In one essay, she describes what it's like to be 9,400 feet above sea level in the Andes Mountains in Ecuador, and she recounts her trip to the Galapagos. The theme of Bassett's essays is that nature and culture are being overrun by what she calls "careless intrusions," forcing people in these faraway places to struggle to survive in the face of change. --George Cohen

Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Calling Down the Moonp. 10
Where Butterflies Are Soulsp. 26
Sheep Journalp. 36
The Stones of Mojavep. 45
Mackenzie Mountain Barrensp. 55
Okavangop. 64
The New Frontierp. 73
Las Islas Encantadasp. 85
The Bio-Bio Riverp. 91
Singing for Powerp. 108
Creditsp. 119
Acknowledgmentsp. 120