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Letters from Wupatki

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When David and Courtney Reeder Jones moved into two rooms reached by ladder in a northern Arizona Indian ruin, they had been married only two weeks. Except for the ruin's cement floors, which were originally hardened mud, and skylights instead of smokeholes, the rooms were exactly as they had been 800 years before. The year was 1938, and the newlyweds had come to Wupatki N ...more
Paperback, 151 pages
Published July 1st 1995 by University of Arizona Press
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Mar 24, 2013 Katherine rated it liked it
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We are on our winter trip to the Southwest and have been to Sunset Crater and Wupatki,north of Flagstaff, on our way to Tuba City,Kayenta and Monument Valley. I purchased this book at Wupatki National Monument. These are letters written by the wife of the second custodian of the Monument to friends and family during the "40's. While it was interesting to read about the roads and surrounding area that I'd just seen, I was disappointed not to have a more in depth description of the Navajos with wh ...more
Interesting peaks of several aspects of the decade covered by the letters, but would only work for a special topic in an advanced sem., I think. I'd still like to contrast it with People of the Blue Water, for my own interest - but am reluctant to dig through one of 6 boxes to find my copy, given potential for pending move...

Liked the snippets about mid-40's Dine children not being taught the language & in local public ed. system; "custodian" living in ruin is fascinating and would never ha
Apr 21, 2012 Julie rated it really liked it
Courtney Jones went with her new husband, Davy, to set up the first park service site at Wupatki National Monument, north of Flagstaff in 1938. These letters are mostly to her family but also to other friends in the park service during the period 1938-1949. You get a picture not only of the early days of the park service, but also the life of the Navajo before their culture and traditions began to be encroached upon.
Apr 14, 2015 Margaret rated it really liked it
Great insight into the early days of running an iconic national monument as well as interacting with the people who were already there (something that I think is all too often forgotten when dealing with prehistoric dwellings: these people didn't disappeared, they just moved away to another close by area in some cases, or that the same site has been repurposed by another group of humans before being added to the National Parks System).

Nov 10, 2007 Erica rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who for whatever reason are interested in wupatki's history, or general NPS history
i lived in her house! but i guess i already knew that.
Oct 22, 2014 Colin rated it it was amazing
Very cool book - the letters of the wife of the first caretaker of the Native American ruins at Wupatki in Artizona . . .
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