Reaching Keet Seel: Ruin's Echo and the Anasazi

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Essays record the author's reflections on the ruins of the Anasazi civilization, his personal spiritual reactions to them, and the sense of nature and art that can be gained by communing with the pueblo structures and the surrounding desert landscape

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Departing from other recent books on the Anasazi, Saner's essays turn a twentieth century western perspective--and with it our culture's doubt and skepticism--in on itself, recording and questioning our responses to the uncompromising landscape of the Southwest as well as to the traces of the Anasazi preserved by that landscape. Reaching Keet Seel revels in the journey of self-discovery that can be catalyzed--or crystalized--by the space of Native American ruins. In those ruins, we find communion with the Anasazi, with our better selves, with the creatures of the earth, and with each other. Descriptions of ruins, rock art, the beautiful landscape of the Southwest, hikes, and road trips abound. The essays compel readers to examine their own responses to similar experiences and to resist the colonization, appropriation, and mythologizing of Native American cultures that tame Native American richness and corrupt the pathways to deeper understanding, learning, and respect.

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Reg Saner is professor of English at the University of Colorado, Boulder.

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