The Cochise Stronghold near the Dragoon Mountains impressed me mightily in 1997, when I visited Arizona by way of New Mexico and the Raton Pass. I had picked up a book in Tombstone, “Life Among the Apaches”, by John C. Cremony, who was instrumental in putting the Apache on the reserve at Bosque Redondo, but was a keen observer of human nature, and his first hand look at the Apache has never left me in all the ensuing years, In fact, my wife and I have raised our son, now thirteen, ‘like an Apache’, which is of course not entirely true, but it is not altogether fanciful either.
I have never visited Phoenix. My brother is well off, and as a Canadian, is a type of snowbird I guess, visiting Phoenix regularly.
I would be interested to know if you are familiar with the book “Life Among the Apaches”, or the Cochise Stronghold?
As for poverty - there are too many ‘economic’ metrics for my liking in this article. The author’s intentions are clearly in the right place, but I think we need another way of discussing what constitutes poverty.
As WiseOwl likes Evo Morales, it reminds me that “Bien Vivir” was a rallying cry at Cochabamba in April 2010, at the People Climate Conference - to “live well”, rather than to live for more - always more - the rallying cry for neoliberal capitalism and the yuppies who inhabit wealthy Phoenix.
We live paycheck to paycheck these last fourteen years - it is the only way to truly appreciate the situation.
Can a price be put on that ?
Just south of you is Sonora Mexico, home of the Yaqui - the lineage of Don Juan Matus, the ‘bruho’, the ‘diablero’ of Carlos Castenada fame in “The Teachings of Don Juan” and “A Separate Reality”.
Both of these books paint an unusual, and therefore possibly a useful picture of poverty versus bien vivir.
We need to drop out first - in order to gain perspective.
This is a ‘path with heart’ - and only for the brave.
Since the USA claims title - I urge all who aspire to true democracy, like the Apache - to do as you and I have done.