Category Archives: Red

Home is Where Nature Is, by Jetara Johnson

  “Home is where the heart is “, is an old expression that is deeply explored in Ray Gonzalez’s book, “The Underground Heart”. In the book Gonzalez, discusses his experience returning home to El Paso, Texas for writing inspiration. In … Continue reading

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Universal: How Terry Tempest Williams turns Native American Culture into a Universal Culture in “Perfect Kiva”, by Kristina Wiles

In the chapter “Perfect Kiva” from her book Red, Terry Tempest Williams introduces the idea of cultural preservation, but in a very interesting way. Instead of explaining the importance of the kiva and going in depth into why it needs … Continue reading

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Humanity and Natural History in Desert Quartet by Matt Dischner

Terry Tempest Williams’ book Red engages very directly with its setting, the Colorado plateau in the American Southwest.    Much of the book is her interaction with the land and its people, both Anglo and Native.  Through this interaction Williams draws … Continue reading

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The Story of Ecology; History and Culture as Weapons of Conservation, by Will Cadigan

Red by Terry Tempest Williams is a story of southwestern culture portrayed through a variety of mediums. Williams begins her book with a simple equation something out of place in the flowing prose that follows, “Place + People= Politics” (3). … Continue reading

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Beginning Again in Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert by Melissa Lin

We can still alter our course. It is not too late. We still have options. We need the courage to change our values to the regeneration of our families, the life that surrounds us.   –          Chief Oren Lyons Melissa Lin … Continue reading

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Natural Connections: Williams’ campaign to save the wilderness, by Stefani Bell

           Stefani Bell                  In her novel, Red: Passion and Patience in the Desert, Terry Tempest Williams depicts both the beauty and importance of the landscape that covers the … Continue reading

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“We have chosen to define family in another way”: Earth as Terry Tempest-Williams’ Family, by Linsey Snead

by Linsey Snead   Terry Tempest Williams introduces the notion of the land as her family through her personal connection with the Birthing Rock. With an explicit description of the rock itself, Williams goes against the traditional perception of what … Continue reading

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Birth of the Coyote Clan, by Jordan Katcher

The canyons of southern Utah are giving birth to a Coyote Clan –hundreds, maybe even thousands, of individuals who are quietly subversive on behalf of the land. And they are infiltrating our neighborhoods in the most respectable ways, with their … Continue reading

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Love and Destruction, by Jetara Johnson

Terry Tempest Williams comes from an old Mormon family dating back to six generations. Williams’ ancestors came across the plains in 1847, to settle in Salt Lake City. “ I was raised in the interior American West. The space seemed … Continue reading

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Equality Among Land and Humans in Terry Tempest William’s Red, by Victoria Maiden

“My husband and I will not be parents. We have chosen to define family in another way” (Williams, 157). Utilizing the quote above, Terry Tempest Williams creates an overarching theme of equality among the land and people. In this particular … Continue reading

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