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Crawford here records one year in the life of a small acequia (members' association for a community irrigation ditch), when he acted as mayordomo , or ditch-manager. "This is a low-key account of interdependence and cooperation in an isolated community. . . . Crawford has written an elegant piece of Western Americana," praised PW .
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
Crawford writes with concern about the potential effect of new water laws on a close-knit Hispanic community currently operating their irrigation ditch (or acequia) under traditional Spanish laws. Fed only by melting snow, the Acequia de la Jara is of central importance to the landowners in this hilly area of sparse rainfall, for their crops depend on it. Overseeing maintenance and fair usage of the ditch is thus crucial, and following a centuries-old custom Crawford was elected mayordomo to oversee its welfare. A lucid, finely detailed account of a way of life in Western America that may be coming to an end; winner of the 1988 Western States Book Award for creative nonfiction. Evelyn G. Callaway-Helm, Sun City Lib., Ariz.
Copyright 1988 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
I was recently elected Mayordoma of a small ditch association in Northern New Mexico. This book is hard to understand if you have not walked in those particularly muddy shoes, but... Read morePublished on June 12, 2012 by G. Gore
This is an outstanding, thoughtful, and thoroughly delightful memoir. I assign it to university students in a class on the history of water.Published on August 2, 2011 by D. Fairchild Ruggles
Stanley Crawford is not a bad writer. He's not.
But "Mayordomo" is not a good book.
It is EXCRUCIATINGLY boring, and that's coming from someone who is obsessed with New... Read more