Reclaimers (Hardback)Ana Maria Spagna (author)
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For most of the past century, Humbug Valley, a forest-hemmed meadow sacred to the Mountain Maidu tribe, was in the grip of a utility company. Washington's White Salmon River was saddled with a fish-obstructing, inefficient dam, and the Timbisha Shoshone Homeland was unacknowledged within the boundaries of Death Valley National Park.
Until people decided to reclaim them.
In Reclaimers, Ana Maria Spagna drives an aging Buick up and down the long strip of West Coast mountain ranges-the Panamints, the Sierras, the Cascades-and alongside rivers to meet the people, many of them wise women, who persevered for decades with little hope of success to make changes happen. In uncovering their heroic stories, Spagna seeks a way for herself, and for all of us, to take back and to make right in a time of unsettling ecological change.
Publisher: University of Washington Press
Number of pages: 192
Weight: 386 g
Dimensions: 216 x 140 x 20 mm
Spagna's enthusiasm for their dedication and causes is irresistible. Such struggles are the real deal, after all, and what reader wouldn't cheer on these tenacious underdogs trying to remedy past damage? We're blessed with opportunities to make a difference, the writing shows...The lessons of her journeys, those readers can glean from these pages, are `Do what you can. Hope without hope. Expect the unexpected.-- Irene Wanner * Seattle Times *
The most influential book I've read recently. . . . It's not a typical story of adventure, but I found it absolutely motivating to get out and learn about our wild places, cherish them, and listen to the stories of people who call them home. It also makes very clear that adventure is not just found high up on a rock face or in a deep snowy couloir - the world is full of places to take risks and dive deep into, to be curious and ambitious and wild and bold.-- Jenny Abegg * Outdoor Research Verticulture blog *