Life in the Land: The Story of the Kaibab Deer
“Life in the Land” investigates the relationship between North Americans and deer in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The interaction between various communities and this ungulate is important because the animal – -both its physical body and its cultural image – -have been at the center of the American conception of nature. Early activists in the twentieth century environmental movement such as Aldo Leopold and Rachel Carson drew upon the image of deer to convey influential environmental ideas to the national public. This thesis explains the source of that image in the Euro-American quest for a pristine and innocent nature. The work demonstrates the role of Mormons, the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service in the application of the cultural myth of virgin land to the Kaibab Plateau of Arizona and its deer herd. The thesis also discusses the interaction between Southern Paiutes and the Kaibab deer.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:mule deer aldo leopold rachel carson environmental movement kaibab plateau southern paiute mormon national park service forest tourism pastoral edge effect bioregion history utah arizona
Date of Publication:01/01/2005