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Anthropology of Turquoise : Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone

Anthropology of Turquoise : Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0375708138

Cover of Anthropology of Turquoise : Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone 02 (ISBN 978-0375708138)
ISBN13: 978-0375708138
ISBN10: 0375708138
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Vintage Books
Published: 2003
International: No

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Anthropology of Turquoise : Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone - 02 edition

ISBN13: 978-0375708138

Ellen Meloy

ISBN13: 978-0375708138
ISBN10: 0375708138
Cover type: Paperback
Edition/Copyright: 02
Publisher: Vintage Books

Published: 2003
International: No
Summary

In this invigorating mix of natural history and adventure, artist-naturalist Ellen Meloy uses turquoise -- the color and the gem -- to probe deeper into our profound human attachment to landscape.

From the Sierra Nevada, the Mojave Desert, the Yucatan Peninsula, and the Bahamas to her home ground on the high plateaus and deep canyons of the Southwest, we journey with Meloy through vistas of both great beauty and great desecration. Her keen vision makes us look anew at ancestral mountains, turquoise seas, and even motel swimming pools. She introduces us to Navajo "velvet grandmothers" whose attire and aesthetics absorb the vivid palette of their homeland, as well as to Persians who consider turquoise the life-saving equivalent of a bullet-proof vest. Throughout, Meloy invites us to appreciate along with her the endless surprises in all of life and celebrates the seduction to be found in our visual surroundings.

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