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Don Hunter University Press of Colorado ePub

T O M    M C   C A R T H Y

MONGOLIA, KYRGYZSTAN A noted snow leopard scientist and father describes two young cubs that capture his heart.

For nearly two decades I have been exceedingly privileged to have been able to make a living doing something most people can only dream of—studying snow leopards. And yes, I am one of the fortunate few, even among my peers, who has seen a wild snow leopard in its native habitat, several in fact. Not that it could ever become mundane, gazing at a beast so mythically rare and elusive. Had I seen fifty in the wild, and the actual number is not even half that, each encounter would still be as inspiring as my first. A moment with a snow leopard on its home ground, playing by its rules, is an ethereal and moving occurrence that is not soon forgotten. So when asked if I could write about some of my most profound or heart-touching experiences in the presence of snow leopards, I had to sort through a fair number of emotion-filled memories to settle on a couple that I wanted to share. In the end, it was a fairly easy decision and it came down to tales of cubs, all now grown but just cubs at the time and the source of some of my most personally inspiring recollections.

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CHAPTER ONE “One of the Great Institutions”

Stephen E. Nash University Press of Colorado ePub

An Introduction

“As Denver is destined to be among the great cities of the Continent so will a museum here founded . . . grow up to be one of the great entertaining and educational institutions in the country.”

—Edwin Carter, on his vision for the museum, ca. 1894

On any given day you can visit the Denver Museum of Nature & Science and discover a bustling scene: visitors touring exhibits, school groups interacting with museum volunteers, hungry patrons eating at the T-Rex Cafe, crowds pushing into the Planetarium, eager listeners filling Ricketson Auditorium for a public lecture. The museum reaches, on average, about 1.3 million visitors every year—a number that is only exceeded by the Field Museum, Smithsonian Institution, and American Museum of Natural History. In short, the Denver Museum of Nature & Science is a big and busy place.

The hectic “front” of the museum—the exhibits, lecture halls, classrooms, theaters, and atria—hides a “back” of the museum that is also bustling. Out of public view, a staff that numbers in the hundreds oversees the museum’s day-to-day operations, planning and creating exhibits, seeking and securing funding, and enticing and tending to visitors. Although the museum’s curatorial staff often engages with the public through lectures, classes, and research activities, they too are often hidden behind-the-scenes, conducting research and working to care for the museum’s most essential asset: its scientific collections.

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CHAPTER THREE A Rat by Any Other Name

Helen R. Haines University Press of Colorado ePub

Helen R. Haines

Biographical sketch. Helen Haines is an archaeologist specializing in the development of early state societies. She started working in Belize in 1990 (when the following adventure took place) with the Programme for Belize Archaeology Project surveying Maya ruins in the National Reserve. In 2000 she obtained her Ph.D. from the Institute of Archaeology, UCL, in London, England, specializing in Maya archaeology. Her postdoctoral research involved working in Oaxaca, Mexico, and she has also been an invited scholar on projects in Bolivia and China. She is currently directing the Ka’Kabish Archaeological Research Project (KARP) in north-central Belize and is based in the Belizean/ Guatemalan community of Indian Church, where she recently purchased a small house with a large kitchen. During the academic year she teaches at Trent University in Oshawa and resides with her tubby Tibetan Lhasa Apso dog in Toronto, Canada, where she is able to indulge her (their?) passion for different cultural foods.

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VII Wild Justice

Richard Baxter Townshend University Press of Colorado ePub

RETURNING to Denver, I parted company with Matthews; to tell the truth, I was a bit tired of his everlasting sneers, so often (as I thought) directed against better men than himself. Besides, I thought I was competent now to stand on my own feet instead of going around on a personally conducted tour. Naturally my first step was to buy a horse. For this I went to Billy and Hi Ford, who had brought some 1500 head of wild bronco stock—bronco is Spanish for unbroken—from California to Denver where they were selling them as rapidly as they could get them broken in. Ford Brothers soon took my measure and for I think $60 fitted me out with a little brown mare, who had been ridden several times. They put me very carefully on her, and I went down the Platte a few miles and put up at a ranch. Along the main freighting roads most ranches would take you in overnight and give you supper, bed and breakfast for $1.50, or if your horse had to be fed also, for $2.25. A snowstorm came on that night and I lay there two days till the weather improved. The little brown mare had done herself uncommonly well in the barn, and when I tried to climb on to her back on the third morning she began to play up. The friendly and much amused ranchman lent me a helping hand, however, and at last I got myself fixed in the saddle with my blanket-roll padding me in well there and the ranchman hanging tight on to her head.

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Epilogue: Agency and Writing

Joshua Englehardt University Press of Colorado ePub


I take it as my brief in this epilogue to pick out issues that I find particularly interesting and to make some suggestions for future research. I make no apology therefore for concentrating on my own interests and also for introducing examples that come from my own research field, first-millennium BC Italy, which is not covered by any of the chapters in the volume.

I shall focus specifically on different ways in which agency relates to writing, both as a general theme and as treated in the chapters in this volume. I shall avoid a general discussion of agency and of the various approaches to its study in archaeology, although some aspects will be touched on in the course of my account. There are at least three different ways in which agency relates to writing, each of which can be further subdivided: agency can be revealed in written documents, agency can be involved in producing written documents, and, finally, there is the agency of writing itself.

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