Got CALICHE? "Atlas of the New West," edited by William E. Riebsame (University of Colorado 1997), is a required reference book for every western resident's library. There are maps on the Bureaucratic West, the Indian West, the Public Lands West; there are essays on writers in the West, on gay rodeos, espresso bars in the Nevada outback, mountain bikers in the Rockies, and jetports by the best fishing holes. One map, War and Peace in the West, looks at all the counties in 11 states that are trying to take local control of public lands. Especially spend time with Patty Limerick's closing essay, "The Shadows of Heaven Itself." In her classic fashion, she reduces to true scale many long-cherished myths and beliefs. During the 1960s the San Bernardino County Museum directed an archaeological dig in the area around Rock Camp Ranger Station. Evidence from the investigation suggests that Serrano Indians visited Rock Camp, on a seasonal basis, for around 5,000 years, to sustain their hunting and gathering culture. Removed from the site were grinding tools, arrowheads, pottery shards, charcoal, and animal bones. Also, in addition to the rock items used for weapons, a large number of chopping tools, hammerstones, handstones (manos) and cutting tools were found. A collection of these items is on display at San Bernardino County Museum, located north of I-10 at the junction of California Street and Orange Tree Lane. Available for us to see now at the site are the metates, which are mortar holes ground into the top of large, granite boulders. Rock climbers were not harmed by a National Park Service policy asking them to voluntarily stay off Devils Tower National Monument in Wyoming during American Indian religious observances each June.

From: David Hill Got ASPEN ART? I've also recorded Basque aspen carvings, only on the Santa Fe and Carson National Forests in northern New Mexico. Men, actually adolescent boys according to most informants, with surnames like Yturiaga and Juquez. Based on the carved dates virtually all of the high country sheep herding took place during the summer with herders returning to the same area over several years. Some of the carvings constitute real folk art with pictures of their campsites, dance bands, animals and since most of the work was done by bored adolescent boys, nude female figures. I recall a couple of books on western Aspen Art but don't recall the titles. I think both are out of print.

[ In Paris they would be called artists. But then again, the gendarme of Paris and the nude life models probably wouldn't appreciate any artist whom kept sheep in town... ]