Conquering Sacred Ground? Climbing Uluru and Devil's Tower

Ann McGrath

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    Abstract

    Two landmark sites of national significance, Uluru (formerly Ayers Rock) in Central Australia and Devils Tower in Wyoming, have sparked controversies over climbing, and primarily over whether it should be permitted at all. In this chapter, I examine how climbers and other visitors have engaged in contested national and transnational history stories. I will also explore how the histories of national parks have helped render indigenous landscapes a shade of colonizer white, while simultaneously creating theaters for defining, redefining, and contesting nation.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationNational Parks Beyond the Nation: global perspectives on "America's best idea"
    EditorsAdrian Howkins, Jared Orsi and Mark Fiege
    Place of PublicationNorman, Oklahoma
    PublisherUniversity of Oklahoma Press
    Pages235-257pp.
    Volume1
    Edition1st
    ISBN (Print)9780806152257
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

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