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Category Archives: Southwest

Sacred Sites Extend Conventional Dimensions of the Reservation

The New York Times offers a fascinating article about a Quechan (Southwest Arizona) challenge to the construction of an oil refinery. On the surface, this is another story of native people resisting development on the grounds of tradition and sacred places. The Times’ piece notes, however, that the Quechan are fighting a development forty miles […]

Court of Appeals Rules in Favour of Navajos and Sacred Sites

Update The Farmington (NM) Daily Times covers the story. Original Post The Navajo Nation (Window Rock, Arizona) released a statement (pdf) saying that the US Court of Appeals overturned a recent District Court decision allowing Arizona Snow Bowl ski area to use sewage to make snow on San Francisco Peak. According to the release: … […]

Sacred Sites, Ski Areas, and Sewage … Again

A press release on the Friends of Grassy Narrows’s website describes the Secwepemc (formerly Shuswap) protest at Sun Peaks Resort in the British Columbia interior. Included in the statement is concern over making snow for skiing from recycled water water. This is the second sacred sites protest against a ski resort using dirty water for […]

Court Decision Regarding Navajo Sacred Mountain

I blogged earlier about a dispute between the Navajo and other Native American groups in Arizona and the Arizona Snowbowl Ski Area (Flagstaff). The Navajo and others went to court to try and stop the ski area from expanding the skiable terrain and from making snow with wastewater. Potential environmental issues were compounded by the […]

Resource-Related Shorts

Two shorts of note today, both via Yahoo Protecting Knowledge Group. 1) The New York Times reports on the economic and environmental complexities of closing a The Black Mesa Mine in northeastern Arizona. The closure is presented first as a win for environmentalists and a loss for Native Americans workers but the article notes later […]

More on ‘Navajo vs. Ski Area’

The New York Times reports today about making snow for a ski area on a sacred mountain in the US Southwest. The Denver Post carried the story last week and I blogged about it briefly here. The story does a good job of explaining the legal conflict which pits the operators of the Arizona Snowbowl […]

More About Samuels’s Country Music Ethnography

Daniel Oppenheimer has written a useful and interesting article on David Samuels’s recent ethnography Putting a Song on Top of It: Expression and Identity on the San Carlos Apache Reservation for the Valley Advocate, a news and arts weekly published in Easthampton, MA. The article is extensive, reviewing the book and, perhaps of greater interest […]

Country Music in Native America

I am currently reading Putting a Song on Top of It: Expression and Identity on the San Carlos Apache Reservation (Arizona, 2004) by David Samuels, and thoroughly enjoying it. It is terrific ethnography … part linguistic anthropology and part ethnomusicology … describing the role of popular music and bands (mainly old country music) for Apache […]

Southwestern Food

In response to a specific request to be more specific about my eating habits in the American Southwest this past week, I offer this mouthwatering menu of recent gastronomical experiences. Around Albuquerque, I was pleased to return to old haunts including The Frontier on Central Avenue where I ate a breakfast burrito smoothered in red […]

Continuity and Change in Native North America

Thanks to Paul Kedrosky for blogging on Gene Weingarten’s recent Washinton Post Magazine piece on contemporary life among the Yup’ik Eskimo of Savoonga, Alaska (and to my brother-in-law Rob for the head’s up). The header essentially sensationalizes the jist of the article: They’ve survived one of the world’s most inhospitable climates and the barren isolation […]