Crossing Open Ground - Yukon Charley: The Shape of Wilderness Summary & Analysis

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Yukon Charley: The Shape of Wilderness Summary and Analysis

This essay chronicles the author's expedition up the Yukon River into a wildlife preserve established around the point of conjunction between the Yukon and Charley Rivers. As he narrates his journey, the author uses what he sees there (mountains, animals both living and dead, waterways) as triggers for contemplations on the relationship between humanity and the landscape. More specifically, he considers how governmental, political and economic concerns have over the years become dominant over other considerations, including the preservation of the natural life of the land and its potential as a source/trigger for spiritual/psychological transformation.

At one point on his journey, the author walks along the banks of the river, collecting handfuls of pretty stones. At another, he encounters the members of the Moore family (see "Important People") who...

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