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River Flowing from the Sunrise

An Environmental History of the Lower San Juan

by James M. Aton and Robert S. McPherson

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foreword by David Worster

Winner of the 2000 Norris and Carol Hundley Award, American Historical Association - Pacific Branch

The authors recount twelve millennia of history along the lower San Juan River, much of it the story of mostly unsuccessful human attempts to make a living from the river's arid and fickle environment. From the Anasazi to government dam builders, from Navajo to Mormon herders and farmers, and from scientific explorers to busted miners, the San Juan has attracted more attention and fueled more hopes than such a remote, unpromising, and muddy stream would seem to merit.



The Western Historical Quarterly, 2002


James M. Aton is the author of John Wesley Powell (Boise 1994) and, with Robert S. McPherson, River Flowing from the Sunrise: An Environmental History of the Lower San Juan (Logan 2000). The latter won the Hundley Award from the Pacific Coast Branch of the American Historical Association. He was a Visiting Fulbright Scholar of American Studies in Indonesia (1989-90) and the People's Republic of China (1997-98) and has been professor of English at Southern Utah University since 1980.

Robert S. McPherson is professor emeritus of history at Utah State University, Blanding Campus and has published widely on Navajo and Ute history and culture.

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  • Paperback Price: $30.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-87421-403-1
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  • EISBN: 978-0-87421-397-3
  • Publication Year: 2000
  • Pages: 232
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  • Author: by James M. Aton and Robert S. McPherson
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