Planet Earth

The Allure of Mythical Peoples

Collide-a-ScapeBy Keith KloorSep 3, 2009 12:45 PM


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Can a novel about Navajo culture speak to 21st century sustainability issues? Perhaps. But almost every Southwestern archaeologist would raise an eyebrow after reading this set-up:

In Girl With Skirt of Stars, Jennifer Kitchell draws a sharp contrast between modern society and a culture that has occupied the southwest of North America for thousands of years.

The Reslience ecologists, who I believe have much to contribute to the sustainability debate, might also do well to question the resilience of American Indian romanticization. We've already been down that road with the Anasazi.

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