The Anthropology of Turquoise
The Anthropology of Turquoise
Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky
Ellen Meloy



Greater than Silko, equal to Solnit. What an immense pleasure to hear the voice of this smart and witty desert dweller, and how restorative to know that human beings can be like this. Yes, there is some turquoise involved. —Recommended by Gent, City Lights Books

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.

Title The Anthropology of Turquoise
Subtitle Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky
Author Ellen Meloy
Publisher Vintage
Title First Published 02 July 2003
Format Paperback
Nb of pages 336 p.
ISBN-10 0375708138
ISBN-13 9780375708138
Publication Date 02 July 2003
Main content page count 336
Weight 16 oz.
List Price $16.00
 


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