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Expediciones Fotograficas

de las Barrancas

y los Rios


Zion's Weeping Rock
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Cibola

Chaco Canyon
We visited a good many of these pueblos. They are all well built with straight, well-squared walls. Their towns have no defined streets. Their houses are three, five, six and even seven stories high, with many windows and terraces. The men spin and weave and the women cook, build houses and keep them in good repair. They dress in garments of cotton cloth, and the women wear beautiful shawls of many colors. They are quiet, peaceful people of good appearance and excellent physique, alert and intelligent. They are not known to drink, a good omen indeed. We saw no maimed or deformed people among them. The men and women alike are excellent swimmers. They are also expert in the art of painting, and are good fishermen. They live in complete equality, neither exercising authority nor demanding obedience.
-- Gaspar Perez de Villagra, 1610, on visiting the Pueblos of the Rio Grande

Mesa Verde





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Sierra Nevada

How can you buy or sell the earth?
-- Chief Sealth (Seattle), 1854

Half Dome












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Colonial Cities

Saint Louis Cathedral
Give the natives to understand that there is a God in heaven and an Emperor on the earth to command and govern it, to whom all have to be subjected and to serve.
-- Viceroy Antonio Mendoza to Fray Marcos de Niza, 1538

In the name of the Christian king, Don Philip, I take and seize tenancy and possession, real and actual, civil and natural, one, two and three times, and all the times that by right I can and should, without limitations.
-- Juan de Onate, El Paso, 1598


Guanajuato



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Sierra Madre

And so they were now a people so isolated from the world that they were becoming as shy as Indians.
-- Victor Villasenor, "Rain of Gold"

Creel

San Ignacio


Link here for historical perspective on the Tarahumaras of Copper Canyon.




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Rio San Pedro

Cochise Head Chiricahua
There's a great stone face looking up at my mine. If you pass three red hills you've gone too far.
The rays of the setting sun shine on my gold.
-- Jacob Walz






John Heath's Grave
All you'll find is your tombstone.
-- told to Edward L. Schieffelin (Tombstone's founder)






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Deseret

Arches National Park Canyon de Chelly
Two things said about Deseret (early Mormon name for Utah):

This is the place.
--Brigham Young
It's a hell of a place to lose a cow.
--Ebanezer Bryce






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La Frontera

Punkin Center, OK
Sand blowin', I just can't breathe in this air
Thought it would soon be clear and fair
But the blue skies have failed
So we're on our last trail
Underneath these dusty skies
-- Cindy Walker (Dusty Skies, performed by Bob Wills and Tommy Duncan)


Lost Valley, Buffalo River
As I went walking, I saw a sign there
And on the sign it said "No trespassing."
But on the other side, it didn't say nothing
That side was made for you and me
-- Woody Guthrie (This Land is Your Land)




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