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ERIC Number: EJ977235
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 43
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0161-6463
The Misplaced Mountain: Maps, Memory, and the Yakama Reservation Boundary Dispute
Fisher, Andrew
American Indian Culture and Research Journal, v36 n1 p79-121 2012
Visitors to the Yakama Indian Reservation in south-central Washington State can't help but notice Mount Adams. Known as Patu, or snowtopped mountain, and Xwayama, or golden eagle, in the Sahaptin language of the Columbia Plateau, the 12,276-foot peak stretches more than a mile above the forested ridges of the Cascade Range. Images of the mountain adorn T-shirts, postcards, and other items in the gift shop of the Yakama Nation Cultural Center. Mount Adams has become an important symbol of Yakama identity and nationhood. Emblazoned on the tribal seal and flag since 1955 , the mountain signifies the ways of the past as well as "the present and the never-ending faith in the future." In this article, the author shares the story of the Yakama Nation's struggle to move a mountain which is more interesting for what it reveals about the importance of landscape, orality, and memory to the recovery and redefinition of a Native place. Although deeply significant to the Yakama Nation, the partial recovery of its misplaced mountain does not furnish an inspirational turning point in the history of Native American land disputes. (Contains 13 figures and 113 notes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Washington