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Path of Light

A Walk Through Colliding Legacies of Glen Canyon

Path of Light treks back through time as author and explorer Morgan Sjogren retraces the 1920s expeditions led by Charles L. Bernheimer into the heart of Glen Canyon and Bears Ears National Monument. Using journals and photographs from the expeditions to recreate these historic routes, Sjogren encounters powerful perspectives and stories about land management and human rights issues that carry forth into the present. Mindful of the pervasive effects of colonization and motivated by a deeply personal care for the land, Sjogren asks what it means to be an explorer while learning from the people who have loved the land for millennia and moments. Path of Light walks towards an illuminated understanding of the landscape and its history in an effort to help preserve it for the future.

“Path of Light is a true adventure of a read.”

DAVID GESSNER, New York Times best-selling author of All The Wild That Remains

“This book is a wealth of history and land. Its pages smell of libraries, desert, and the inside of a well lived-in vehicle. Right times, right places, right people, she’s got a knack for the journey. I’m reading this thinking, cool, I’d do that.”

CRAIG CHILDS, author of Tracing Time, Virga and Bone, and Atlas of a Lost World

“As Sjogren retraces Bernheimer’s route a century later, she takes us on a courageous, soul-centered journey that ventures into the dark shadows of colonization and environmental destruction but ultimately emerges in a luminous place of hope and healing for ourselves and the Earth.” 

ANNETTE MCGIVNEY, author of Pure Land: A True Story of Three Lives, Three Cultures, and the Search for Heaven on Earth; winner of the National Outdoor Book Award

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