Desert Legends captured in craft books

Modern dams and canals have filled the Southwest with bizarre wonders: bustling metropolises hundreds of miles from water sources, alfalfa farms stretching to the horizon, fishermen reeling in Asian carp while standing on manicured lawns. Because we love to suspend disbelief, these wonders reassure us that we can make this land like any other place. They sustain our faith in reclamation, a faith that has allowed the West to bloom into its own abstracted present. But living within an abstraction is still a life. Sonoran Water uses text and photographs to explore life in the modern Salt River Valley through the waterways that have been made to sustain it and which may ultimately reclaim this land for the desert. This 50-page craft book combines text, risographs and inkjet photographs.

Desert Legends Podcast

This is an intermittent podcast series of short conversations about any research produced by faculty at ASU that fits with themes of Desert Humanities. So, if faculty have a recent article or book out on desert themes, they can promote it through a recorded 20-minute conversation with another faculty member. We have an audio editing team to help polish the final product. Desert Humanities events and activities will also be podcast episodes. Dates: ongoing.