Contested Landscapes of Navajo Sacred Mountains

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Show simple item record Blake, Kevin S. 2010-06-29T16:29:52Z 2010-06-29T16:29:52Z 2010-06-29T16:29:52Z
dc.description.abstract Sacred mountains are integral to the Navajo worldview, yet their land use is often incongruous with their spiritual significance. Nearly all of the land of the six massifs that are deeply symbolic within Navajo origin stories is located beyond the Navajo Reservation on federal land. This paper compares Navajo symbolism to land use at Blanca Peak (CO), Mount Taylor (NM), San Francisco Peaks (AZ), Hesperus Mountain (CO), Huerfano Mountain (NM), and Gobernador Knob (NM). Each mountain has mullicul/ural symbolism and land use that imprints several layers of meaning upon the peaks. Non-Navajo uses include transmission towers, ski areas, mineral development, and mountaineering, whereas Navajo use includes visits to collect plants and soil for ceremonies and to connect with spiritual powers. Public land management allempts to balance contrasting environmental perceptions, but competing resource demands and mountain aesthetics often create contested landscapes. en_US
dc.subject Navajo (Dine) en_US
dc.subject Mountains en_US
dc.subject Sacred places en_US
dc.subject Contested landscapes en_US
dc.subject Public land management en_US
dc.subject American Southwest en_US
dc.subject Environmental ethics en_US
dc.title Contested Landscapes of Navajo Sacred Mountains en_US
dc.type Article (author version) en_US 2001 en_US
dc.citation.epage 62 en_US
dc.citation.issue 1 en_US
dc.citation.jtitle North American Geographer. en_US
dc.citation.spage 29 en_US
dc.citation.volume 3 en_US
dc.contributor.authoreid kblake en_US

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