Enchantment and Exploitation
The Life and Hard Times of a New Mexico Mountain Range, Revised and Expanded Edition
Published by: University of New Mexico Press
First published in 1985, William deBuys's Enchantment and Exploitation has become a New Mexico classic. It offers a complete account of the relationship between society and environment in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico, a region unique in its rich combination of ecological and cultural diversity. Now, more than thirty years later, this revised and expanded edition provides a long-awaited assessment of the quality of the journey that New Mexican society has traveled in that time--and continues to travel.
In a new final chapter deBuys examines ongoing transformations in the mountains' natural systems--including, most notably, developments related to wildfires--with significant implications for both the land and the people who depend on it. As the climate absorbs the effects of an industrial society, deBuys argues, we can no longer expect the environmental future to be a reiteration of the environmental past.
"Author William deBuys provides a detailed analysis of the relationship between the natural ecosystem and human activity in northern New Mexico. His historical perspective reflects centuries of interactions between people and the physical environment."--Rosanne Boyett, Cibola Citizen
"Everything that made Enchantment and Exploitation a kind of instant classic of New Mexico history is still here. Those elements are worth revisiting and mulling three decades later."--New Mexico Historical Review
"A classic work of regional history and cultural analysis."--Pasatiempo
"William deBuys is a nature writer who brings clear and deep insights to his subjects. . . . [Enchantment and Exploitation] tells the long, twin, interlaced stories of the human history and the natural history of northern New Mexico through the lens of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains."--Albuquerque Journal