Zuni Mountain Sunrise

Via John Cameron
on Mar 25, 2011
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We woke in the hills of northern New Mexico in a simple, wood heated cabin designed by Kurt Vonnegut Sr (the architect father of writer Kurt Vonnegut Jr.)  Vonnegut’s cabin drawings were traded to philanthropist Hillis Howie to settle a debt after he guided a young Kurt Jr. through the area generations before.

Despite the gone years, the high desert was still brimming with inspiration through its beautiful sunsets and crisp pine scented air.  It had become for us North America’s own Shangri La and had lost none of the wonder that Vonnegut experienced in his youth and wrote about as an adult.

The same small spring fed valley was home Zuni, Hopi and later Navajo who’s cultures now are on the verge of slipping away forever.  Native traditions exemplified a connection to nature that modern inhabitants of North America have chosen to ignore.  Understanding our connection with the land and nature will take us much farther than figuring out how to understand the civilization of infrastructure and greed  we have attempted to build in its place.

“Better than any argument is to rise at dawn and pick dew-wet red berries in a cup.”
-Wendell Berry


About John Cameron

John Cameron writes from coffee places and green spaces while focusing on celebrating the seasonal. His art is inspired by travel and all things wild and his bag is never unpacked. More can be found at Wild Season.


2 Responses to “Zuni Mountain Sunrise”

  1. Wow! Never in five years of research have I heard that one about the cabin in New Mexico.

    Just a note to let you know about a book blog I’ve started with a different twist: “Writing Kurt Vonnegut.” Every Saturday, I post another excerpt from my notebook as Vonnegut’s biographer— profiles of the people I met, the difficulties encountered, and the surprises, such as finding 1,500 letters he thought he had lost forever. It’s a blog written in episodes about being a literary detective.

    Perhaps you’d like to give it a look at http://www.writingkurtvonnegut.com

    All the best,

    Charles J. Shields
    And So It Goes: Kurt Vonnegut, A Life (Holt, November 2011)

  2. john says:

    I hold that experience as my faint brush with celebrity. Vonnegut writes of the place briefly in the dedication to Galapagos and speaks of it during interviews on the subject.