Making History: Preserving the land's meaning along with the land

February 24, 2012  •  Leave a Comment


"If the trail itself is the earliest form of narrative—a clear path though dense thickets of competing data—then  stories, too, are a kind of map, limning relationships, connecting sights with sounds and history with emotions.

Here in California, the trails left by geological events, by the earliest inhabitants, by the various users of the land, lie across one another in a confusing and eroding web. So too do the stories of successive waves of inhabitants. Gold is a different color to a farmer than to an ecologist. A basket weaver sees one terrain; a gravel miner sees another.

How to tell those trails and map those narratives so that they engage  as broad an audience as possible is the aim of jesikah maria ross’s Restore/Restory...."

For the rest of my article on jesikah's project, go to: 

For more about The Art of Regional Change, go to


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