Paperback / softback
October 30, 2006
9780978885908
English
158 illus.
11.00 Inches (US)
8.00 Inches (US)
2.08 Pounds (US)
$24.95 USD
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Biography of a Place

Passages through a Central Oregon Meadow

Biography of a Place explores and weaves together the social and natural history of one meadow. It digs down into the roots of place. This is a meadow with a surprising and entertaining story and a memorable cast of characters. The storyline flows across overlapping circles of connection among people and place. This is a pleasurable, novel way to understand how a social and natural landscape became what it is today.

Imagine, if you will, being at the meadow to witness unfolding before you the larger story of this landscape. Follow Indian peoples through traditional time, early European exploration and commerce, Civil War, and eventual settlement. Meet the persons whose lives touched the meadow. Probe their attitudes toward the natural environment, the interplay between the biotic and human communities. Track the tale to the present day, when the meadow has become a nature preserve.

Reviews

"Martin Winch has written a most interesting study of Whychus Creek. . . beautifully illustrated with 139 photographs as well as numerous maps and illustrations, thoroughly researched, fully referenced, highly readable and enlivened with apt quotations. . . . a very good book that should be of particular value to social and environmental historians, individuals interested in regional history, and natural resource specialists."—Oregon Historical Quarterly

Endorsements

"With the patience and skill of an expert gardener, Martin Winch has imaginitively cultivated a certain meadow in arid Central Oregon, making it stand forth as both a unique locale, with its own rich natural and human history, and a signifying microcosm of our imperiled Western landscape. His narrative of the creation of the Camp Polk Meadow Preserve, whereby against all odds the meadow is being restored and conserved, is a valuable primer in post-Leopold environmetal activism."—Jarold Ramsey, author of Coyote Was Going There and Reading the Fire

"It is an axiom of roadside anthropology that people of different times and cultures seem to like the same places. Camp Polk meadow is one of those places. It offered the first people water, fish, and wocus, and offered later people grazing, timber, and recreation. In its natural state, it also offered a textbook example of a riparian habitat in the transition between the ponderosa pine and sagebrush zones."—Ward Tonsfeldt, from the Foreword

"With the patience and skill of an expert gardener, Martin Winch has imaginatively cultivated a certain meadow in arid Central Oregon, making it stand forth as both a unique locale, with its own rich natural and human history, and a signifying microcosm of our imperiled Western landscape. His narrative of the creation of the Camp Polk Meadow Preserve, whereby against all odds the meadow is being restored and conserved, is a valuable primer in post—Leopold environmental activism."—Jarold Ramsey, author of Coyote Was Going There

"With the landscape grace of Barry Lopez and the detailed breadth of Simon Winchester, author Martin Winch has penned a memoir of a meadow. As with all finely written memoir, the readers learn much about the subject but even more about themselves. The author introduces us to a simple Central Oregon meadow and then weaves a story of community. Within this humus of geography, social history, and ecosystem, we discover a place of meaning. People lived and died and are buried there—-including my parents. But before the people came, the meadow told its own story of springs and seeps and a meandering creek. The meadow took note of those who dug roots there, marched on a parade ground, built a barn. It changed its visitors and was changed, too. Biography of a Place is a remarkable history of a place written with a hedge against the potential destructiveness of a people meeting landscapes. It offers hope that the meadow's next change—-and perhaps our own—-will take a cobbled path toward a vibrant, verdant future with the potential to inspire us all."—Jane Kirpatrick, author of A Sweetness to the Soul, an Oregon Literary 100 Book, 1800—2000

"There are haunted landscapes in the high desert of Oregon, but few people stop to hear the voices of the past. In this tale of unexpected connections, martin Winch explores the threads of the many lives that left a footprint on this special place. Native Americans, explorers, soldiers, homesteaders, ranchers, and conservationists have shaped Camp Polk Meadow. Winch weaves a compelling story of how these lives interact against a backdrop of history and ecology."—Maret Pajutee, ecologist and historian

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