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Like Hadlock and Potashin, Carol Pedersen works with aspen arborglyphs created by sheepherders.
From the mid-19th century through the late 20th century, sheepherders in search of prosperity migrated to the area from Chile, Mexico, Peru, and the Basque region of Europe, which straddles France and Spain.
There's so much history to discover in the Portland Underground--stories of sailors, loggers, cowboys, sheepherders, ranch hands, construction workers, and vagabonds being sold into seaboard slavery en route to the Orient.
Ennis, who sporadically tends livestock, meets Jack Twist (Jake Gyllenhaal), a struggling rodeo cowboy, when the two sign on as sheepherders in the summer of 1963.
Sheepherders, who are typically foreigners earning about $800 a month, are being lured away from their sheep for the greener pastures of other industries (oil and gas).
They also argue that the conflict on the range was more between ranchers and sheepherders than between ranchers and homesteaders.
Bank management was caught violating its own rules on the environment and resettlement when it tried to push through the China Western Poverty Reduction Project, which would have transformed an arid ecosystem supporting minority Tibetan and Mongolian sheepherders into land for settled agriculture for people from other parts of China.
In 2002, Hollywood made the film Windtalkers about the Navajo contribution to the war, but the story plodded through cliches, failing to bring out the story of the young sheepherders, who served a great nation at a time of peril.
What we saw on that bus ride was desert on both sides of the road with occasional sheepherders and their flocks, camels, tents, and a few huge homes that looked like small hotels.
The first paragraph refers to such struggles across the globe, from rubber tappers in the Amazon, villagers of the Chipko movement in Northern India, and Ogoni dissidents in Nigeria to Navajo sheepherders, residents protesting hazardous sites in South Central Los Angeles and Memphis, and several American Indian tribes in the Pacific Northwest (3).