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Constructing the Zuni Dam

Constructing the Zuni Dam

Chapter:
(p.79) Chapter 4 Constructing the Zuni Dam
Source:
Black Rock
Author(s):
William A. Dodge
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781578069934.003.0004

This chapter presents the story of the construction of the Zuni Dam. It shows that the federal government’s decision to build the dam and adjacent town had a profound cultural and political impact on the Zuni people’s lifestyle and worldview. The project was plagued by the dam failure, huge construction cost overruns, and an uncontrollable silt problem.

Keywords:   dam construction, Black Rock, Zuni people, irrigation project

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