America’s Outback: An Odyssey through the Great Southwest

John Annerino

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Hopi traditional elder Thomas Banyacya once described the American Southwest as "the spiritual center of our continent.” Author, photographer, and adventurer John Annerino retraces ancient trails to show us why this is so. Through recent and historical photos, essays, and literary quotes, he takes us across what the Spaniards often feared as despoblados, or uninhabited lands, from Old Mexico to the Four Corners of ancient cities, painted deserts, and trilingual cultural landscapes—some of the most inaccessible land on the continent. Juxtaposed with tales of his own perilous excursions, the book contains oral histories and remarkable images of terrain that few of today’s tourists have ever seen. Told from a current point of view, this throwback to the days of Geronimo and Navajo headman Manuelito will appeal to adventurers, historians, and those interested in the mesmerizing mystique of our own American outback.

Size: 9 1/8" x 8 1/8" | 62 color and b/w images | 112 pp
ISBN13: 9780764361876

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John Annerino is a photographer and author of photography books, photographic essays, and calendars of the American West and Old Mexico. His work has appeared in Time, LIFE, the New York Times, Scientific American, Travel & Leisure, and National Geographic Adventure, among other publications. His map "The Grand Canyon Explored" is on display at the Grand Canyon National Geographic Visitor Center. John has dedicated his life to photographing, researching, and writing about endangered landscapes, native peoples, western cowboys, and Spanish traditions. In his quest to explore the Grand Canyon’s and Great Southwest’s mythic landscapes and secret places by foot, raft, rope, camera, and pen, John has climbed hallowed peaks, rafted wild and scenic rivers, traversed deep chasms and painted deserts, and traced ancient Indian, missionary, and pioneer trails.

"For as long as I can remember, John Annerino has roamed, photographed, studied -- and at times barely survived -- the fierce and beautiful terrain of the Great Southwest. He knows America's Outback as well as anyone alive today. That incredible breadth of experience and deep understanding gives Annerino, and us, an invaluable lens into what's most precious, astounding, and spectacular about this magical corner of our country." --John Rasmus, founding editor-in-chief of National Geographic Adventure, former founding editor of Men’s Journal, and former editor of Outside