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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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Ellen Meloy. (2008). The Anthropology of Turquoise: Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

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Ellen Meloy. 2008. The Anthropology of Turquoise: Reflections On Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.

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Ellen Meloy, The Anthropology of Turquoise: Reflections On Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky. Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, 2008.

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      • content: "Meloy's vision of the world through turquoise-colored glasses is a unique, moving, self-effacing delight."
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      • content: "Finely crafted, vigorously descriptive, dazzling in its insights into biology and culture."
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      • content: "[Meloy] crafts potent meditations on the desert landscape. . . . The Anthropology of Turquoise explores Meloy's beloved Southwest--a region she knows intimately and describes with her trademark sharp wit."
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      • source: Nora Gallagher, author of Practicing Resurrection
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        Meloy (Raven's Exile: A Season on the Green River) takes the reader through landscapes of pure sensation in these contemplative essays that are part Southwest travelogue, part memoir and part naturalism. Color figures prominently here, especially turquoise, the hue of the signature stone of the region. In one chapter she muses on the history and mystique of the blue-green gem. In another, she reflects whimsically on California's turquoise swimming pools. The Yucatán's turquoise Caribbean coast enthralls her, as does the turquoise sea of the Bahamas. But for Meloy, all colors are captivating, from the red-gold in the spines of a prickly pear glowing in the sun to the clay-red of "waterfalls cascading down lavender and crimson sandstone." Her reactions to the natural world are so intense they border on pain. She finds contact with civilization jarring. In a restaurant her husband seats her near the door so she can "see the night sky and stars and be less likely to shriek with panic and bolt." She needs solitude so she can contemplate the things she considers essential—steep-sided canyons and their swift rivers; a basket woven by a Yokuts Indian woman; an ancient rock maze in the Mojave Desert; a pair of placid old mules spending their retirement in a field. Knowledgeable and lyrical, Meloy's meditations should resonate with those who find sustenance in the natural world. Illus. by the author not seen by PW.

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