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  • Remedies for a New West: Healing Landscapes, Histories, and Cultures
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  • Edited by Patricia Nelson Limerick, Andrew Cowell, and Sharon K. Collinge
  • 2009
  • Published by: University of Arizona Press
summary
This wide-ranging collection of essays is intended to provoke both thought and action. The pieces collected here explore a variety of issues facing the American West—disappearing Native American languages, deteriorating air quality, suburban sprawl, species loss, grassland degradation, and many others—and suggest steps toward “healing.” More than “dealing with” or “solving,” according to the editors, healing addresses not just symptoms but their underlying causes, offering not just a temporary cure but a permanent one.

The signs of illness and trauma can seem omnipresent in today’s West: land and soil disrupted from mining, overgrazing, logging, and farming; wildlife habitat reduced and fragmented; native societies disturbed and threatened; open space diminished by cities and suburbs; wilderness destroyed by roads and recreation-seekers. But as these essays suggest, the “treatment program” for healing the West has many healthful side effects. Engaging in the kinds of projects suggested by contributors is therapeutic not only for the environment but for participants as well. Restoration, repair, and recovery can counter symptoms of despair with concentrated doses of promise and possibility.

The more “lesions” the West has, this book suggests, the more opportunities there are for westerners to revive and ultimately cure the ailing patient they have helped to create. The very idea of restoring the West to health, contributors and editors contend, unleashes our imaginations, sharpens our minds, and gives meaning to the ways we choose to live our lives. At the same time, acknowledging the profound difficulties of the work that lies ahead immunizes us against our own arrogance as we set about the task of healing the West.

Table of Contents

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  1. Cover
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  1. Half-title, Title page, Copyright
  2. pp. i-iv
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vi
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  1. Foreword
  2. Richard L. Byyny, M.D.
  3. pp. vii-xii
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  1. Prologue: The Lessons and Lesions of Conquest
  2. Patricia Nelson Limerick, History
  3. pp. 1-12
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  1. Introduction: Healing the West
  2. Andrew Cowell, Sharon K. Collinge, and Patricia Nelson Limerick
  3. pp. 13-24
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  1. Part 1. Saving What's Out There, Preventing Further Decline
  1. 1. Healing the West with Taxes: The Navajo Nation and the Enactment of Sovereignty
  2. Sarah Krakoff, Law
  3. pp. 27-46
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  1. 2. Indigenous Languages of the West: A Prognosis for the Future
  2. Andrew Cowell, Linguistics
  3. pp. 47-65
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  1. 3. "Oh Give Me Land, Lots of Land"
  2. Allan Wallis, Public Policy, and Gene Bressler, Landscape Architecture
  3. pp. 66-92
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  1. Part 2. Recovering What's Been Lost, Healing Injury
  1. 4. Reversing the Trend of Habitat Loss in the American West: The Uncertain Promise of Ecological Restoration
  2. Sharon K. Collinge, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  3. pp. 95-111
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  1. 5. Recovering the West: Mexicans and the Memory of Tomorrow's Landscape
  2. John-Michael Rivera, English
  3. pp. 112-133
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  1. 6. Healing with Howls: Rewilding the Southern Rockies
  2. Hannah Gosnell, Geosciences
  3. pp. 134-152
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  1. 7. A Scholar Intervenes: Matachines, Ritual Continuity, and Cultural Well-Being
  2. Brenda M. Romero, Music
  3. pp. 153-172
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  1. 8. Cleaning Up Abandoned Hard-Rock Mines in the Western United States: Can and Will Communities Take the Lead?
  2. Joseph N. Ryan, Civil Engineering
  3. pp. 173-192
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  1. Part 3. Lessons from Conflict
  1. 9. The Klamath Basin as a Proving Ground for the Endangered Species Act
  2. William M. Lewis Jr., Environmental Sciences
  3. pp. 195-229
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  1. 10. Hope in a World of Wounds: Sustainable Stewardship in Colorado
  2. David M. Armstrong, Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  3. pp. 230-247
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  1. 11. Open Wound from a Tough Nuclear History: Forgetting How We Made Ourselves an Endangered Species
  2. Len Ackland, Journalism
  3. pp. 248-261
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  1. Epilogue: Healing the West over Time
  2. Patricia Nelson Limerick, History
  3. pp. 262-286
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 287-310
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  1. About the Editors
  2. pp. 311-312
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  1. About the Contributors
  2. pp. 313-316
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 317-324
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