The way of the mountain: powder snow, Dolores LaChapelle, and a search for 'the answers'

dc.contributor.advisorChairperson, Graduate Committee: Mark Fiegeen
dc.contributor.authorMenzel, Clare Wolzen
dc.coverage.spatialWest (U.S.)en
dc.coverage.temporalTwentieth centuryen
dc.date.accessioned2022-11-09T22:41:01Z
dc.date.available2022-11-09T22:41:01Z
dc.date.issued2022en
dc.description.abstractLongstanding narratives in Europe and the United States about progress as emancipation from nature construct perceptions of separation between humans and everything else. This separation justifies human mastery of and control over nature, leading to environmental exploitation as well as individual experiences of alienation from place. Dolores LaChapelle, author of 'Deep Powder Snow: 40 Years of Ecstatic Skiing, Avalanches, and Earth Wisdom', countered dominant Eurocentric and anthropocentric ascendancy with knowledge that she argued came from her experiences as a powder snow skier in the western United States during the twentieth century. Using theories of neo-materialism and vital materiality, this study examines relational, more-than-human agency that produced cultural identity and embodied ethical knowledge. In particular, it focuses on LaChapelle's encounters and relationships with mountain places, and transformations in her thinking that occurred after she learned to ski powder in Aspen, Colorado, from 1947-1950, as well as after she experienced a large avalanche in Alta, Utah in 1963. This study argues that LaChapelle is an overlooked, original thinker about the agency and ethical standing of non-human beings in the material world.en
dc.identifier.urihttps://scholarworks.montana.edu/handle/1/16938en
dc.language.isoenen
dc.publisherMontana State University - Bozeman, College of Letters & Scienceen
dc.rights.holderCopyright 2022 by Clare Wolz Menzelen
dc.subject.lcshLaChapelle, Doloresen
dc.subject.lcshHuman ecology--Historyen
dc.subject.lcshSkis and skiingen
dc.subject.lcshMaterialismen
dc.titleThe way of the mountain: powder snow, Dolores LaChapelle, and a search for 'the answers'en
dc.typeThesisen
mus.data.thumbpage15en
thesis.degree.committeemembersMembers, Graduate Committee: Bonnie Sheehey; Michael Reidy; Catherine Dunlopen
thesis.degree.departmentHistory & Philosophy.en
thesis.degree.genreThesisen
thesis.degree.nameMAen
thesis.format.extentfirstpage1en
thesis.format.extentlastpage142en

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