Sagebrush Stories -- Myth of the West

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Remember grade school, when they started telling you about Manifest   Destiny?  Did you sense a rat?  Did it ever sound like the same story you heard around the house, from adults, in which power equals wisdom? 
    --  William Kittredge, “Who Owns the West?”  

These are photographs of the American West, land of the frontier, romance and adventure, extraction, expansionism, extermination, pollution, manifest destiny.  I look for visual evidence of our ambitions, what we intended, how it worked out, how we think about it, what we memorialize, the symbols we use, how that destiny is actually manifest in the landscape.