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In the Sierra Madre
A history of legendary Copper Canyon treasure seekers and enigmatic natives. This book offers a look into the ways of the resilient indigenous culture in the Americas, the exploits of Mexican mountaineers, and the parade of argonauts and accidental travelers who have journeyed into the Sierra Madre over centuries.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published July 27th 2007 by University of Illinois Press
(first published 2006)
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I spend a lot of time in the Sierra Madre. Despite the fact that Biggers changed the name of the village where he lived, I was easily able to identify it due to over 20 trips the area. Having been there many times, I guess I have my own bias. I felt that the book was at its best when Biggers detailed life with the local Raramuri. I felt that his digressions about the various outsiders who made trips to the area were things that I had to force myself to get through in order to get some more tidbi ...more
The author and his wife spend a year living with the Raramari (aka Tarahumara) people in the Copper Canyon of the Sierra Madre. Well written and insightful, the best parts of this book are about daily life in the village and the interactions of the author and his wife with their neighbors and other inhabitants of this fascinating and beautiful region. The book bogs down somewhat in going through the history of the area, but of course it's important background to understanding the way things are ...more
A corollary to my upcoming November, 2010 hike in Copper Canyon, Mexico with Sierra Club . . . Bigger's book of a personal sojourn among the Tarahumara plus historical benchmark events and personalities in the Sierra Madre predates Richard Grant's similar journalistic writing. There is some content overlap between the two books, but this volume was less engaging for me than God's Middle Finger.
An excellent guide at my side as I sought to learn more about the Sierra Madre and the Raramuri/Tarahumara. I enjoyed the literary allusions and historical material, both of which enabled me to put the current events in Copper Canyon into context.
Jeff Biggers is a cultural historian, journalist, playwright and monologist. He is the author/editor of eight books, including the forthcoming RESISTANCE: Reclaiming an American Tradition (Counterpoint) and a biography on pioneering muckraker Anne Royall, TRIALS OF A SCOLD (St. Martin's), longlisted for the PEN Bograd Weld Award. Recipient of the David Brower Award for Environmental Reporting, Low ...more