Last Water on the Devil's Highway: A Cultural and Natural History of Tinajas Altas (Southwest Center Series)

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The Devil€™s Highway€”El Camino del Diablo€”crosses hundreds of miles and thousands of years of Arizona and Southwest history. This heritage trail follows a torturous route along the U.S. Mexico border through a lonely landscape of cactus, desert flats, drifting sand dunes, ancient lava flows, and searing summer heat. The most famous waterhole along the way is Tinajas Altas, or High Tanks, a series of natural rock basins that are among the few reliable sources of water in this notoriously parched region.Now an expert cast of authors describes, narrates, and explains the human and natural history of this special place in a thorough and readable account. Addressing the latest archaeological and historical findings, they reveal why Tinajas Altas was so important and how it related to other waterholes in the arid borderlands. Readers can feel like pioneers, following in the footsteps of early Native Americans, Spanish priests and soldiers, gold seekers and borderla

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An expert cast of authors reveal why Tinajas Altas was so important and how it related to other waterholes in the arid borderlands.

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Bill Broyles is the author of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument: Where Edges Meet and Our Sonoran Desert, and co-editor of Dry Borders: Great Natural Reserves of the Sonoran Desert. A research associate with the University of Arizona’s Southwest Center, he is also working to create a Sonoran Desert peace park on the Arizona-Sonora border. Thomas E. Sheridan holds a joint appointment as professor of Anthropology at the Southwest Center and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona. He has authored or co-edited eleven other books. A MacArthur Fellow and recipient of a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society for Conservation Biology, Gary Paul Nabhan is Director of the Center for Sustainable Environments at Northern Arizona University. Mary Charlotte Thurtle was the field director for the Tinajas Altas Archaeological Survey in 1998. After 13 years as a professional archaeologist researching the cultures of the Southwest, she has recently returned to documentary filmmaking as the executive director of Pan Left Productions.

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