Stand Not In The Way Of The Restless Dunes

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Mesquite Sand Dunes, Death Valley, California

(The Mesquite) … comes as near characteristic of the whole Southwest including much of Mexico, as any species of plant life known to the region. It is as native as rattlesnakes and mocking birds, as characteristic as northers, and as blended into the life of the land as cornbread and tortillas. Men and other animals were using it untold generations before Columbus sailed; they are still making use of it.

— author and folklorist J. Frank Dobie, in his 1941 Arizona Highways article

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