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The anthropology of turquoise: Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky

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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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Meloy, Ellen -- Travel -- West (U.S.)
Natural history -- West (U.S.)
West (U.S.) -- Biography
West (U.S.) -- Description and travel
Wilderness areas -- West (U.S.)
Women artists -- West (U.S.) -- Biography
Women authors, American -- West (U.S.) -- Biography
Women naturalists -- West (U.S.) -- Biography
title_displayThe anthropology of turquoise : reflections on desert, sea, stone, and sky
title_fullThe Anthropology of Turquoise Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky
The anthropology of turquoise : reflections on desert, sea, stone, and sky / Ellen Meloy
title_shortThe anthropology of turquoise
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History
Meloy, Ellen
Natural history
Nature
Nonfiction
Sociology
Travel
Wilderness areas
Women artists
Women authors, American
Women naturalists