The Struggle to Protect a Tree at the Heart of Hopi Culture

August 31, 2017
By Kate Ruder

A rumbling, low boom unfurled over the land like a current of thunder. But it was a clear, cloudless day in northern Arizona. We realized the reverberation was the echo of an explosion—dynamite loosening the earth—and that the strip mine was finding its way toward a colossal seam of coal.