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In Search of the Old Ones: Exploring the Anasazi World of the Southwest Paperback – Illustrated, April 9, 1997
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- Item Weight : 9.9 ounces
- Paperback : 272 pages
- ISBN-13 : 978-0684832128
- Product dimensions : 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.44 inches
- Publisher : Simon & Schuster (April 9, 1997)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #123,598 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A very enjoyable and enthralling read that certainly piqued my curiosity about a subject and an area that I knew little to nothing about.
It also touches on the competing philosophies of leaving things untouched versus carting "finds" off to museums for analysis versus the rather difficult (impossible?) job that the BLM has of looking after some of these wonderful sites
Thought provoking and fascinating
In this case, you'd be wrong. In fact, David Roberts seems to dislike just about everyone who currently lives in the Southwest. He has confesses to having "ambivalen[t] feelings about the living Pueblo[ans]," (p 82) and admits to deliberately trespassing on a sacred Acoma mountain. (p 88). He admits to having formed "prejudices against the Navajo," although he claims this prejudice was partly dissolved after talking with "an eloquent Anglo who is historical preservation officer of the Navajo nation." (p 110). I kept checking the front of the book to see when it was published, because the attitude towards living Native Americans in this book is highly regressive and anachronistic. (The author's decision to refer to all non-Native Americans as "Anglos" is also offensive and puzzling. Not all archaeologists or tourists visiting Puebloan ruins are of European descent).
The author's prejudice towards Native peoples is explained, at least in part, by a general dislike for all living people. He has unpleasant things to say about National Park Service rangers, BLM rangers, tourists who like to boat at Lake Powell, tourists who commit the crime of visiting Puebloan ruins on the same day as the author, just about everyone. I have never seen someone simultaneously complain that the federal government is too protective of native sites, while also decrying the overuse of these sites.
Most of the positive words in this book are saved for an Anglo family of amateur archaeologists who explored the Mesa Verde region in the 1880s.
It's a shame the author has such a bad attitude, because the book is otherwise an interesting read.
Wonderful book start to finish.
Loved every page.
Now I'm really looking forward to reading this.........
"In The Lost World of the Old Ones, Roberts continues the hunt for answers begun in his classic book, In Search of the Old Ones."
Exceptional writing and storytelling so I'm going to read all of the authors other books as well.
This is simply a great read! And you just might learn a thing or two about the American history, not of its independence from England but way before that when the West belonged to its original peoples.
Better quality maps and photographs in the Kindle edition would have added a lot to this work.