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On Zion's Mount

Mormons, Indians, and the American Landscape

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On Zion's Mount by Jared Farmer
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Shrouded in the lore of legendary Indians, Mt. Timpanogos beckons the urban populace of Utah. And yet, no 'Indian' legend graced the mount until Mormon settlers conjured it - once they had displaced the local Indians, the Utes, from their actual landmark, Utah Lake. "On Zion's Mount" tells the story of this curious shift. It is a quintessentially American story about the fraught process of making oneself 'native' in a strange land. But it is also a complex tale of how cultures confer meaning on the environment - how they create homelands. Only in Utah did Euro-American settlers conceive of having a homeland in the Native American sense - an endemic spiritual geography. They called it 'Zion.' Mormonism, a religion indigenous to the nited States, originally embraced Indians as 'Lamanites,' or spiritual kin. On Zion's Mount shows how, paradoxically, the Mormons created their homeland at the expense of the local Indians - and how they expressed their sense of belonging by investing Timpanogos with 'Indian' meaning. This same pattern was repeated across the United States. Jared Farmer reveals how settlers and their descendants (the new natives) bestowed 'Indian' place names and recited pseudo-Indian legends about those places - cultural acts that still affect the way we think about American Indians and American landscapes.

Author Biography

Jared Farmer is Assistant Professor of History at The State University of New York at Stony Brook, and author of Glen Canyon Dammed: Inventing Lake Powell and the Canyon Country.
Release date Australia
April 6th, 2010
Author
Country of Publication
United States
Illustrations
21 halftones, 3 maps
Imprint
Harvard University Press
Pages
472
Dimensions
155x235x33
ISBN-13
9780674047433
Product ID
3946260

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