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The Desert Smells Like Rain

A Naturalist in O'Odham Country
Nabhan, Gary Paul (Book - 2002 )
The Desert Smells Like Rain
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Longtime residents of the Sonoran Desert, the Tohono O'odham people have spent centuries living off the land--a land that most modern citizens of southern Arizona consider totally inhospitable. Ethnobotanist Gary Nabhan has lived with the Tohono O'odham, long known as the Papagos, observing the delicate balance between these people and their environment. Bringing O'odham voices to the page at every turn, he writes elegantly of how they husband scant water supplies, grow crops, and utilize wild edible foods. Woven through his account are coyote tales, O'odham children's impressions of the desert, and observations on the political problems that come with living on both sides of an international border. Whether visiting a sacred cave in the Baboquivari Mountains or attending a saguaro wine-drinking ceremony, Nabhan conveys the everyday life and extraordinary perseverance of these desert people in a book that has become a contemporary classic of environmental literature.
Authors: Nabhan, Gary Paul
Title: The desert smells like rain
a naturalist in O'Odham country
Publisher: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, 2002
Edition: 1st University of Arizona pbk. ed
Characteristics: xii, 148 p. :,ill., maps ;,23 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Gary Paul Nabham
Notes: Originally published: San Francisco : North Point Press, 1982
ISBN: 9780816522491
0816522499
Branch Call Number: 979.1004 N115d 2002
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references
Subject Headings: Sonoran Desert Environmental conditions Natural history Sonoran Desert Desert ecology Sonoran Desert Indigenous peoples Ecology Sonoran Desert Tohono O'odham Indians
Topical Term: Natural history
Desert ecology
Indigenous peoples
Tohono O'odham Indians
LCCN: 2002018732
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