Posted: March 9th, 2022
Mining company Rio Tinto is working to develop a copper mine on land in Arizona that is sacred to the Apache people.
In this post, you will assume the character of Keith Basso (or another fictional anthropologist) and will write a post explaining why the destruction of sacred sites would be harmful to the Apache people, their culture, and way of life. Drawing on evidence from the ethnography Wisdom Sits in Places, as well as assigned videos and online resources, your post should explain why protecting sacred places is crucial to the protection and continuity of Apache culture, and why the mining project would be particularly harmful to Apache youth.
Questions to consider:
· Why is it important for Apache people to maintain a connection to the land and their named places?
· How does the land help to keep youth connected to their culture and way of life?
Mining company Rio Tinto is working to develop a copper mine on land in Arizona· What happens when Apache people become disconnected from their places?
Required reading is the chapters 1-4 for the “Basso, Keith. (1996). Wisdom Sits in Places: Landscape and Language Among the Western Apache. University of New Mexico Press.”
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