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Sacred Monkey River: A Canoe Trip With the Gods

Shaw, Christopher

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ISBN 10: 0393048373 / ISBN 13: 9780393048377
Edité par W W Norton & Co Inc, New York, 2000
Neuf(s) Etat : New Couverture rigide
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First edition stated 2000, first printing, number line starts with 1. Signed by author on title page, no inscriptions. Hardcover with DJ. Condition new, square tight and crisp book, no markings of any kind, no names no underlining or highlighting no bent page corners, Not a reminder. DJ new, bright and shiny, no tears no chips no edgewear, Price Not clipped. 8vo, 316 pages. N° de réf. du libraire 003403

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Titre : Sacred Monkey River: A Canoe Trip With the ...

Éditeur : W W Norton & Co Inc, New York

Date d'édition : 2000

Reliure : Hardcover

Etat du livre :New

Etat de la jaquette : New

Signé : Signed by Author(s)

Edition : 1st Edition

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The former editor of Adirondack Life provides a profound and entertaining account of his odyssey by canoe along the Usumacinta River and its tributaries along the border of Guatemala and Mexico, a little-known region that once spawned the ancient Olmec and Maya civilizations of Mesoamerica.

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Flowing across the limestone plateaus and tropical forests of Mexico and Guatemala, the Usamacinta River was the cradle of ancient Mayan civilization, heavily traveled and lined with palaces and huge cities. In the aftermath of the European conquest, the rugged Usamacinta country became a remote afterthought, a place where few travelers dared to venture.

Christopher Shaw, an American writer and canoeist, makes a journey down the Maya's "watery path," reporting his sightings from this broad stream of "pale jade shot with turquoise and slightly clouded with silt." Sacred Monkey River (whose title translates the Maya name for the great watercourse) is a spiritually charged quest into once-sacred geography--but a land profaned in recent years by warfare and ethnic division. Traveling by kayak, a craft he explains to locals as a canoe of the winik, or native people, of the far north, Shaw takes us through forbidding territory, delivering glimpses of rainforest country that is in imminent danger of being felled by the region's expanding timber concerns and dammed by governments intent on harnessing hydroelectric--and political--power. Ironically, his snapshots of the unspoiled Usamacinta may turn out to be documents of a disappeared world--unless, he observes, international environmental agencies find ways to join with the Maya to preserve their forest world. --Gregory McNamee

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Art, Architecture, World an American history, First editions

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