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Ladies of the Canyons is the true story of remarkable women who left the security and comforts of genteel Victorian society and journeyed to the American Southwest in search of a wider view of themselves and their world.



Educated, restless, and inquisitive, Natalie Curtis, Carol Stanley, Alice Klauber, and Mary Cabot Wheelwright were plucky, intrepid women whose lives were transformed in the first decades of the twentieth century by the people and the landscape of the American Southwest. Part of an influential circle of women that included Louisa Wade Wetherill, Alice Corbin Henderson, Mabel Dodge Luhan, Mary Austin, and Willa Cather, these ladies imagined and created a new home territory, a new society, and a new identity for themselves and for the women who would follow them.



Their adventures were shared with the likes of Theodore Roosevelt and Robert Henri, Edgar Hewett and Charles Lummis, Chief Tawakwaptiwa of the Hopi, and Hostiin Klah of the Navajo. Their journeys took them to Monument Valley and Rainbow Bridge, into Canyon de Chelly, and across the high mesas of the Hopi, down through the Grand Canyon, and over the red desert of the Four Corners, to the pueblos along the Rio Grande and the villages in the mountains between Santa Fe and Taos.



Although their stories converge in the outback of the American Southwest, the saga of Ladies of the Canyons is also the tale of Boston's Brahmins, the Greenwich Village avant-garde, the birth of American modern art, and Santa Fe's art and literary colony.



Ladies of the Canyons is the story of New Women stepping boldly into the New World of inconspicuous success, ambitious failure, and the personal challenges experienced by women and men during the emergence of the Modern Age.

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Educated, restless, and inquisitive, Natalie Curtis, Carol Stanley, Alice Klauber, and Mary Cabot Wheelwright were plucky, intrepid women whose lives were transformed in the first decades of the twentieth century by the people and the landscape of the American Southwest. Part of an influential circle of women that included Louisa Wade Wetherill, Alice Corbin Henderson, Mabel Dodge Luhan, Mary Austin, and Willa Cather, these ladies imagined and created a new home territory, a new society, and a new identity for themselves and for the women who would follow them.

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Although their stories converge in the outback of the American Southwest, the saga of Ladies of the Canyons is also the tale of Boston's Brahmins, the Greenwich Village avant-garde, the birth of American modern art, and Santa Fe's art and literary colony.

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        Poling-Kempes (Bone Horses; Ghost Ranch) is no stranger to fiction and nonfiction set in the American Southwest, and her latest offering is no exception. It was in researching Ghost Ranch that she stumbled across its founder, Carol Bishop Stanley, a middle-aged divorcee from Boston. The author's search for more information about Stanley led her to learn about other "New Women" who reinvented themselves in the Southwest at the turn of the 20th century--these women's experiences highlight their interest in preserving Native American culture, art, and music. Composer and self-trained ethnomusicologist Natalie Curtis Burlin, painter Alice Ellen Klauber, and Museum of Navajo Ceremonial Art founder Mary Cabot Wheelwright all get their due alongside Stanley in this book that emphasizes the difficult line women from well-off families at the dawn of the modern era had to walk in order to pursue creative interests. They were expected to marry and keep artistic pursuits strictly as hobbies. Poling-Kempes showcases women who strayed from the expected path, paving the way for those who came after them but who have all but disappeared from history texts. VERDICT Readers interested in the American Southwest, U.S. history, women's history, gender studies, and Native American culture will find this work both enjoyable and edifying.--Crystal Goldman, Univ. of California, San Diego Lib.

        Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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Prologue: Ladies of the Canyons
Chapter 1. Imperfectly Independent
Chapter 2. Land of Ineffable Light and Sudden Shadow
Chapter 3. Capturing the Wind
Chapter 4. The Indians' Book
Chapter 5. "Time and the World"
Chapter 6. Secrets and Dualities
Chapter 7. Creating a Brave New World
Chapter 8. Desert Euphoria
Chapter 9. Walpi Rendezvous
Chapter 10. "A Fine Woman to Be Out With"
Chapter 11. The City Different
Chapter 12. Remarkable Time, Remarkable Place
Chapter 13. A Rare Thing: Becoming Oneself
Chapter 14. "A Country of Things in Light"
Chapter 15. Death in Paris
Chapter 16. City of Ladies
Chapter 17. New Women of the Rio Grande
Chapter 18. "Roughneck and Low-Brow"
Chapter 19. Everything and Nothing
Afterword: Something of the Spirit
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Illustration Credits
Index