The Anthropology of Turquoise by Meloy Ellen
The Anthropology of Turquoise by Meloy Ellen

The Anthropology of Turquoise

Reflections on Desert, Sea, Stone, and Sky
by Meloy Ellen
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In this invigorating mix of natural history and adventure, artist-naturalist Ellen Meloy uses turquoise—the color and the gem—to probe deeper into our profound human attachment to landscape.

From the Sierra Nevada, the Mojave Desert, the Yucatan Peninsula, and the Bahamas to her home ground on the high plateaus and deep canyons of the Southwest, we journey with Meloy through vistas of both great beauty and great desecration. Her keen vision makes us look anew at ancestral mountains, turquoise seas, and even motel swimming pools. She introduces us to Navajo “velvet grandmothers” whose attire and aesthetics absorb the vivid palette of their homeland, as well as to Persians who consider turquoise the life-saving equivalent of a bullet-proof vest. Throughout, Meloy invites us to appreciate along with her the endless surprises in all of life and celebrates the seduction to be found in our visual surroundings.
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About this Edition

Language

English

Publication Date

Jul 1, 2003

Format

Paperback

Number of Pages

323

ISBN

0375708138

ISBN-13

9780375708138