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Timpanogos Series: The Definitive Cultural History of Timp
Jared Farmer's new book, just released by Harvard University Press, will no doubt come to be regarded as the definitive study on the cultural history of Mount Timpanogos, the lofty topographic icon that looms above Utah Valley. "On Zion's Mount: Mormons, Indians, and the American Landscape" should be required reading for any serious student of the Great Basin's local history. Farmer is a native Utah son, having grown up practically at the foot of the mountain. Currently, he teaches at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His book follows a curious path leading from the earliest recorded mentions of the mountain to its current symbolic function. Farmer investigates how various people over time have regarded the mountain, what it has signified for them, and the host of accompanying myths and legends attributed to ancient native cultures but cut essentially from whole cloth by the white colonizers who displaced the natives. Joining us for the conversation is Brian Q. Cannon, director of the Charles Redd Center for Western Studies at Brigham Young University.—Original airdate: 4/9/2008

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