In Case You Missed It … Street Art on the Navajo Nation

It turns out that abandoned structures, roadside craft stands, and propane tanks make great platforms for street art. All it requires is reimagining the landscape as part of the picture. For the past several years, Jetsonorama has been tagging Flagstaff, Tuba City, Kayenta, and places on the highways in between with transitory contemplative and laughing […]

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The American West in Three Dimensions

At the annual Western History Association conference this past October in Denver, Colorado, I was reminded of the depth of history in the American West. Weirdly, that reminder came through the images of a little-known early twentieth century photographer of the region named Clyde McCoy, whose unsolved murder is the stuff of film noir. In a panel […]

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Conspiracy to be Free: A Political History of Russell Means

By Kent Blansett On October 22, 2012, Indian Country lost one of our most controversial and outspoken leaders. Shortly after the public announcement of Russell Means’ death, Internet chatter exploded with a fury of wall posts, tweets, memorials, and blogs. Most popular write-ups about this Red Power activist fail to adequately account for all of […]

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Lessons from the Oil Shale Boom

by Michael W. Childers With the national election mere days away few issues loom as larger than the economy. Here, in the West, this has meant a focus on energy. Home to some of the largest reserves of natural gas and oil, the West is seeing yet another boom in energy development. But this boom […]

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What Caused the Waldo Fire

by Michael W. Childers For a number of weeks this past summer, images of walls of flame ripping through neighborhoods outside of the Colorado cities of Colorado Springs, Boulder, and Fort Collins garnered national attention. Declared the most expensive fire season in the state’s history, the Colorado fires underlined the increasingly problematic relationship between the […]

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