Wetherill Family Descendant Harvey Leake PowerPoint Presentation, Q&A, Booksigning Join us for an amazing photo tour of the Four Corners region with author and guide Harvey Leake. Leake is a descendant of the famous Wetherill family—known for working with and writing about Navajos in the 18th and 19th centuries. Leake’s research into his third-great-grandfather and great-grandfather’s lives led him to write his books.
About the Author Excerpt from his website
Harvey Leake began researching the history of the Four Corners Country more than twenty five years ago, focusing on the explorations and activities of the Wetherill family from whom he is descended. His investigations have taken him into many of the Colorado plateau's remote canyons as well as into archives, libraries, and family historical collections. He assists in the interpretation of historical documents and photographs for the Wetherill archive at the Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores, Colorado and is a retired Electrical Engineer. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Arizona State University and a Master of Arts degree in theology from Fuller Theological Seminary.
Harvey Leake has authored and co-authored numerous publications, including Wolfkiller: Wisdom from a Nineteenth Century Navajo Shepherd (Gibbs Smith Publishers), Kayenta and Monument Valley (Arcadia Press, 2010), The 1891 Nordenskiöld Expedition to the Grand Canyon, and Room for One More Traveler. Visit Harvey Leake's website »
About the Wetherills
The Wetherills were responsible for some of the most important archeological discoveries in the Southwest. Another branch of the family were major contributors to the industrial revolution in America in the 19th century. John Wetherill, "Hosteen John," was well known as an frontiersman of the Four Corners region. His career in that country spanned more than fifty years, from his early involvement with Mesa Verde in Colorado to his many explorations in the Navajo Country of Arizona, Utah, and New Mexico. John was born in Kansas in 1866. The family's western migration eventually landed them in Mancos, Colorado in 1880. There, in addition to ranching and farming, John and his brothers began their explorations of the Southwest, beginning with nearby Mesa Verde. Read more about the Wetherill Family »
Harvey Leake in his own words — In the course of my research, some intriguing words from my great-grandfather came to light. “The desert is home,” he declared. I realized that he was speaking not of the gracious, comfortable lodge where he and Louisa hosted their many guests down through the decades, but the rugged land of canyons, mesas, and monuments where adventurers who had the will to adapt could overcome their sense of estrangement from nature and gain ancient insights that had been lost to civilized society. This was the lesson my great-grandfather had sought to impart to artists and other visitors to Kayenta in the old days, the enduring effect of which was reflected most brightly in his own personality. “John, with that never fading smile on his face, that signifies patience and great courage; in his presence one feels that there is something more in life than just mere joy of living, something more eternal,” one of his traveling companions, Pat Flattum, had observed in 1931.
Location: Street: 219A North Cortez Additional: City: Prescott, Province: Arizona Postal Code: 86302 Country: United States (added from IndieBound)