Development pressures and ‘the peaks’ in Flagstaff

May 17, 2007

EdgarUqualla2.jpgEd’s note: As Reuters correspondents Nick Carey and James Kelleher journey through America, retracing the path of Route 66, they’re talking with people they meet along the way, asking them to tell us — in their own words — what issues matter most to them.

We met Edgar Uqualla, a 50-year-old disabled member of the Supai Indian tribe, in a park in Flagstaff, Arizona, where he was enjoying a sandwich and beer with Marlene Baldwin, a 79-yearold Hopi.

Asked what issue was most on his mind these days, Uqualla looked toward the mountains that surround Flagstaff and said simply, “The peaks.

“They want to tear up the forests,” he said, “and build more ski resorts. But the mountains are where where the Kachinas (life bringers) live. That’s what the Hopis say.”

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