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A Gathering of Stones

Journeys to the Edges of a Changing World

Carol Ann Bassett

5 1/2 × 8 1/2 inches. 128 pages.

2002. ISBN 0-87071-545-3. Paperback, $12.95.

Drawing on her wide-ranging travels, from the Canadian Arctic to the Bío-Bío River in southern Chile to the deserts of the American Southwest, Carol Ann Bassett takes readers on an intimate journey into the communities, ceremonies, and lives of traditional peoples struggling to survive in the face of rapid change.

These evocative essays consider the changes occurring in some of the most remote places on earth, among some of the most isolated peoples: Tarahumara Indians in Mexico's Copper Canyon, Basque sheepherders in the Arizona mountains, the Basarwa or bushmen of the Kalahari, and the Mapuche Indians in southern Chile.

As much an inner journey as one to far-flung places, A Gathering of Stones shows the wisdom and fears of people living close to the land. With her lively curiosity and sensitivity toward the people she meets and comes to know, Bassett chronicles some of the world's last wild places and records rich cultures that are in danger of being lost forever. Readers interested in nature, indigenous peoples, and women's travel literature will welcome this original new voice.

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