All My Rivers are Gone: A Journey of Discovery Through Glen Canyon

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Big Earth Publishing, 1998 - Biography & Autobiography - 260 pages
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David Brower, who has always regretted the Sierra Club's failure to save the Glen Canyon, called it "The Place No One Knew". But Katie Lee was among a handful of men and women who knew the 170 miles of Glen Canyon very well. She'd made sixteen trips down the river, even named some of the side canyons. Glen Canyon and the river that ran through it had changed her life. Her descriptions of a magnificent desert oasis and its rich archaeological ruins are a paean to paradise lost.

In 1963, the U.S. Government's Bureau of Reclamation (the "Wreck-the-nation bureau", Katie calls it) shut off the flow of the Colorado River at Glen Canyon Dam, beginning the process of flooding this natural treasure. Two generations have been born since the dam was built, and in a few more decades there may be no one alive who will have known the place. Katie Lee won't forget Glen Canyon, and she doesn't want anyone else to forget it either. She tells us what there was to love about Glen Canyon and why we should miss it. The canyon had great personal significance for her: She had gone to Hollywood to make her career as an actress and a singer, but the river kept calling her back, showing her a better way to live. She very eloquently weaves her personal story into her breathtaking descriptions of the trips she made down the canyon.

In recent years, Katie has found allies in her struggle to restore the canyon. The Glen Canyon Institute has been joined by the Sierra Club in calling for the draining of Lake Powell ("Rez Foul", in Katie's words), and the idea is being debated on editorial pages across the country and in congressional hearings. All My Rivers Are Gone celebrates a great American landscape, mournsits loss, and challenges us to undo the damage and forever prevent such mindless destruction in the future.

  

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In 1963, the Colorado River was dammed at Glen Canyon, creating Lake Powell while flooding a great natural wonder. Like thousands of environmentalists, Lee would like to see Lake Powell drained and ... Read full review

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A sensuous and heartbreaking book by a woman who realized she would be one of the last - and one of the very few - to ever see this lovely place before it was drowned. Beautifully written. Read full review

Contents

Prologue
1
Two Opposing Realities
5
A Grain of Sand
7
The Handshake
14
Harmony
25
Eddying Out
38
Tinseltown Transformation
46
Induction by Fire
60
The Bondfire
130
The Eye of the Beholder
141
The Bubble Trail
151
Subtle Currents
161
Earthstone Drums and a Crystal Wave
171
The Wild Secret Heart
183
The Hour Glass
185
Shamans and Fools
196

The Pagan
69
A Storm Moving In
82
Getting in Step with the Stone
93
Tale of the Ticaboo
95
Chameleon Light
109
Killing Loveliness
119
A Night with Thor
206
Down the Tongue
217
Big Dam Foolishness
225
Annotated Bibliography
251
Acknowledgments
257
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About the author (1998)

Lee has been an author, musicologist, folk singer, storyteller, actress, song writer, filmmaker, photographer, activist, poet, and river runner.

She is the award-winning author of Leap, An Unspoken Hunger, Refuge & most recently Red - A Desert Reader. She lives in Castle Valley, Utah.

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