Towering Conflicts: Bear Lodge/Devils Tower and the Climbing Moratorium
An examination of conflicting concepts and uses of Devils Tower/Bear Lodge in Wyoming. Indigenous people consider it a sacred site, while euroamericans view it as a recreational resource.
||Sacred Place, Ethnoecology, Recreation, Mountains, Rock Climbing, Tourism, Public Land Policy
International Journal of Environmental, Cultural, Economic and Social Sustainability, Volume 2, Issue 3, pp.181-188.
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Michael Harkin is professor of Anthropology at the University of Wyoming. He received his Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Chicago, and has conducted fieldwork in British Columbia, Wyoming, and France. He is author of The Heiltsuks: Dialogues of History and Culture on the Northwest Coast; and edited Reassessing Revitalization Movements: Perspectives from North America and The Pacific Islands; Coming to Shore: New Perspectives on Northwest Coast Ethnology (with Marie Mauzé and Sergei Kan); and Perspectives on the Ecological Indian: Native Americans and the Environment, all published by University of Nebraska Press. He is Associate Editor of the journal Ethnohistory, and theme editor for cultural anthropology of the Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems, published by UNESCO.
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