NOT BROKEN YET
ORAL HISTORIES OF LIFE IN THE MOJAVE DESERT
JOSHUA TREE, CALIFORNIA, USA, 2016
These oral histories spring from starkly motivated people who choose to live and work around Joshua Tree, a small town in the southern Mojave Desert, two hours from Los Angeles.
The speakers of these histories reveal socio-political insights of the mostly reclusive world of the desert. It turns out solar development can be detrimental to nature; people’s ideas about water are changing as ancient aquifers dry out; military soldiers practice in a 10 mile wide pretend Afghanistan; and residents are trying to create an economy in a bowl of sand, cactus, creosote bushes, and sheep.
What we learn of the land, we also learn of the people: it is not broken yet.