RED ROCK TESTIMONY
#RedRockTestimony gathers passionate words from three generations of writers who treasure Utah’s public lands. First printed as a limited edition, art-as-advocacy chapbook, Red Rock Testimony was delivered to Obama Administration officials and every member of Congress in June 2016, as decision-makers deliberated between a destructive public lands bill and a national monument proposed by the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition. On December 28, 2016, President Obama established Bears Ears National Monument, and in June 2017, this historic collection was expanded and published as a trade book, Red Rock Stories, in celebration of protecting exquisite and sacred landscapes. After Trump drastically shrank the Bears Ears National Monument, this chapbook became a book of defense.
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Timothy Egan of the New York Times:
Salt Lake Tribune:
"Bears Ears book will be sent to members of Congress"
National Parks Traveler:
"Writers Speak Out for a Bears Ears National Monument"
“'Red Rock Testimony' Fights for Bears Ears"
"Torrey House Press’ Edge of Morning highlights Native American voices on Bears Ears, public lands"
"Two Colorado College Alumni Advocate for Utah Wilderness"
Red Rock Testimony conveys the spiritual, cultural, and scientific values of Utah’s canyon country through the essays and poems of 34 passionate and heartfelt writers whose births span seven decades. From widely published elders to scholar/scientists to former elected officials to Native leaders to Millennial activists, these writers explore the fierce beauty and the dangers to ecological and archaeological integrity in America’s redrock wilderness. This chorus of storytellers will move you with their emotional, quirky, knowledgeable testimony. They capture the healing power of this land.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction: “…the authenticity, passion, and rightness of protecting Bears Ears.”
RIGHT OF WAY: “And so you tell stories…”
Kevin T. Jones
THE MAN WITH A HEART OF STONE: “Fremont people were farmers, builders, dreamers, and thinkers.”
THE LAND OF NO USE: “Our external geography informs our internal geography.”
THE FREEDOM OF RESTRAINT: “The myths of western land are myths of freedom.”
THE ONLY WAY FORWARD: “If Bears Ears is to be saved, President Obama must save it.”
IT’S TIME TO HEAL BEARS EARS: “…personal healing like nothing else can be.”
ON COMPROMISED GROUND: “Mutual concession requires that we do more. It requires respect.”
STONE THAT LEAPS: “This place. Lifted, cracked and stilled.”
Kathleen Dean Moore
WHAT SHALL WE GIVE THE CHILDREN?: “Let us give the children wonderment, radical amazement…”
Jen Jackson Quintano
MEMORY: “I want to give it all to my daughter, wrapped in balsamroot leaves.”
A PLACE FOR MEDIATION: “…indigenous knowledge will be the keystone of collaboration.”
Alastair Lee Bitsoi
SHASH JAA’ FOLLOWS WHEREVER I GO: “I never thought I would write about Bears Ears in my Brooklyn apartment…”
THE WILDNESS IN NATURE BINDS US TO THE PAST AND THE FUTURE:
“…a place I come to re-connect with my Hispanic heritage.”
THE VIEW FROM THE MESA: “…the place that harbored the ancient gods and animal beings.”
Terry Tempest Williams
A GESTURE OF PEACE:
“It is time for a monumental idea.”
Mary Ellen Hannibal
THE UR-BEAR: “…a gigantic bear embedded in the geography is more than symbolic.”
BEAR’S EARS: “Meet me in Mexican Hat. I’ve got a surprise for you.”
SEEING RED: “Looking at the horizon was like looking through a telescope at Mars.”
Thomas Lowe Fleischner
THE GRACE OF WILDNESS: “In all my years as a naturalist, I’ve never had an encounter like this.”
PRELUDE: “Moses did not go to an oil well derrick to receive the Law…”
FAITH AND THE LAND: “Our beliefs might differ, but our values harmonize.”
LEASE UTU91481: “Leasing this land was not part of our plan.”
WE (HEART) WILDERNESS: “Millennials need what this wilderness brings.”
IT IS THE LAND THAT TELLS THE STORY: “My Navajo grandfather pulled out his wire cutters and cut the fence.”
WHAT THE TORTOISE TAUGHT ME: “Locals prefer to speak for themselves.”
WHOLE AND HOLY: “We act as if there is no upstream, no downstream.”
WHEN THE DESERT MORNING RISES: “I take my questions, alone, to the redrock canyons.”
Gary Paul Nabhan
UP BETWEEN THE BEARS EARS: “That place triggered my metamorphosis that still informs my life.”
IT’S TIME TO ACT: “The best way to defend the Antiquities Act is for the President to use it.”
I AM A SON OF THE COLORADO PLATEAU: “I have walked in the wildest, most remote terrain in the Lower 48.”
WE COME OUT DANCING TOGETHER: “To respond to the wounds in this land, we must first see them.”