La Plata: Tri-Cultural Traditions in the Upper San Juan Basin

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Despite some of the darker aspects of the upper San Juan Basin, such as the Meeker Massacre, "Mexican Flats," and the presence of the Ku Klux Klan, the fact remains that Utes, Anglos, and Hispanics have co-existed peacefully together in this region for well over a century. Collected in this new book and accented with over 100 vintage images is an oral history of La Plata County and the surrounding areas, featuring the voices of cowboys and Native Americans, ranchers and miners, outlaws and in-laws alike. In compiling these stories of local San Juan Basin residents, Fred Wildfang has recreated life during turn-of-the-century Southwestern Colorado. These individual recollections detail the hardships and triumphs of early pioneer families from the San Juan Basin, including tales of the Old West movie sets, arranged marriages, rash elopements, runaway horses, and ancient native rituals. The voices captured here epitomize the spirit of "nanĀ”-ma"-as the Utes say-"together," a word meant to stand for a spirit of cooperation among all the peoples in this land.
ISBN: 9780738520506
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Colorado
Series: Voices of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
Fred Wildfang, a freelance writer and Beat-influenced poet, hitch-hiked over 50,000 miles throughout the U.S. in his youth. He is the owner of both the Leland House and Rochester Hotel in downtown Durango and is the past publicity director for the La Plata County Historical Society.
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