Gregory McNamee, editor, photographer, publisher and author of the prizewinning book Gila: The Life and Death of an American River, presents a biography of the Gila River at the Bear Canyon Library on Wednesday, May 16.
Six hundred miles long from its source in the mountains of southwestern New Mexico to its confluence with the Colorado River above Yuma, the Gila has been an important avenue for the movement of populations—birds, animals, plants, and peoples—across the desert for millennia. Many cultures have sprung up on its banks, and millions of people depend on the river today—whether they know it or not. McNamee draws on Native American stories, pioneer memoirs, the writings of modern naturalists such as Aldo Leopold and Edward Abbey, and other sources to chronicle 70 million years of history packed into an entertaining, informative hour.
Gregory McNamee is the author of forty books and of more than five thousand articles and other publications. He is a contributing editor to the Encyclopædia Britannica, a research fellow at the Southwest Center of the University of Arizona, and a lecturer in the Eller School of Management, also at the University of Arizona.
The Gila: River of History with Gregory McNamee begins at 6:00 pm. The event is free and open to the public. For more information call 594-5275.
Sponsored by the Arizona Humanities Council, this program is part of the Smithsonian Institute’s “Navigating Waters” series. For more programs and info about Water/Ways, visit waterwaysaz.org/