Title: Passages (Plateau Journal: Land and Peoples of the Colorado Plateau, Vol 7/2)
Authors: Gary Ladd, Barry Walsh, Valerie Wedge, Becky Jo Gesteland McShane, Michael Engelhard, Lyman Hafen, Manfred Wenner
Publication Date: 2003
Between the Big Bang and the Final Mystery that bookend the lives of all things and all creatures lies a passage that may be brief or long. This issue of Plateau Journal is bookended by a story about origins and another about endings. It begins with the most expansive physicality we contemplate-the universe-and ends with the most particular: individual human death, and how it is marked by the living. Between the bookends are tales of life passages on the Colorado Plateau. "A History of the Universe in Ten Easy Steps" by Gary Ladd Starting from the Big Bang, a stargazer tours the origins of life, both in the universe and on Planet Earth, as science sees them. "Jimmie K-Carver and Cultural Emmisary" by Barry Walsh and Valerie Wedge The Museum of Northern Arizona's educator and master katsina carver Jimmy Kewanwytewa was a bridge between cultures for many decades. His carvings live on. "Weaving-Woman: Gladys Reichard Among the Navajo" by Becky Jo Gesteland McShane Gladys Reichard, the first female anthropologist to do extensive fieldwork among the Navajo, also learned Navajo weaving. Her life itself is a tapestry. "Hidden Passages" by Michael Engelhard Canyoneering in the slot canyons of the Southwest can transform the intrepid sojourner. "In Search of the Originals" Text by Lyman Hafen and photos by Tony Marinella A new generation carries on a ranching tradition born on the arid Arizona Strip a century ago. "Marking a Life" by Manfred Wenner Final resting places on the Colorado Plateau are as unique as the lives lived there.