Connecting the Dots: For a Just Transition
Scope and Contents
In an artist's statement for the series, Wilson states that it "intends to shape a platform for voices of resilience, Indigenous knowledge and restorative systems of remediation while bearing witness to a history of environmental damage and communal loss on the Navajo Nation." Locations for the images are chiefly at Dinétah (Diné for "among the people"), the ancestral homelands of the Diné at northwestern New Mexico, southwestern Colorado, southeastern Utah, and northeastern Arizona, as well as the Navajo Indian Reservation within it. Wilson continues in his statment that the project presents "a photographic survey of the over 500 Abandoned Uranium Mines (AUMs) located on the Navajo Nation. These AUMs are physical manifestations of a complex and traumatic history that has poisoned the land and endangered a people," and that the investigation focuses "on the toxic legacy of uranium extraction and processing on Dinétah that continues to threaten the health of our people and land." He concludes that by "bearing witness to these sites, and the front-line communities affected by them, the project will serve as a catalyst for designing innovative solutions that refocus our understanding of what remediation can be."
Sites identified in the images include sites in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah.
Sites at Arizona include abandoned mines at Cameron, including the Section 9 Lease Mines on Babbitt Ranches property near the Little Colorado River as well as the disposal cell site in Tuba City related to a mill operated by the Rare Metals Corporation of America.
Sites at New Mexico include abandoned mines and disposal sites at Ambrosia and Shiprock as well as an uranium mill operated by the United Nuclear Corporation at Church Rock mill and the location of the large accidental release of radioactive material in July 1979.
Sites at Utah include views of uranium disposal cells at Mexican Hat.
Titled, dated, and signed by the photographer on versos. Inscriptions on versos of many prints provide contextual information about the images.
- Wilson, Will, 1969- (Photographer)
Conditions Governing Access
Conditions Governing Use
Immediate Source of Acquisition
13.5 Linear Feet (5 boxes)
Language of Materials
In an artist's statement for the series, Wilson writes that it "intends to shape a platform for voices of resilience, Indigenous knowledge and restorative systems of remediation while bearing witness to a history of environmental damage and communal loss on the Navajo Nation."
Will Wilson (born 1969)
This guide derives from a detailed examination of each print. Titles transcribed from inscriptions on prints and corrected in notes when necessary. Dates in the collection reflect the date of image capture.
- Aerial photographs
- Arizona -- Pictorial works
- Indians of North America -- Southwest, New -- Pictorial works
- Inkjet prints
- Navajo Indian Reservation -- Pictorial works
- Navajo Indians -- Pictorial works
- New Mexico -- Pictorial works
- Photography, Artistic
- Pollution in art -- Pictorial works
- Radioactive pollution -- Navajo Indian Reservation -- Pictorial works
- Uranium mines and mining -- Navajo Indian Reservation -- Pictorial works
- Utah -- Pictorial works
- Guide to the Connecting the Dots: For a Just Transition
- by Matthew Daniel Mason
- November 2021
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English.
Part of the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library Repository
P. O. Box 208330
New Haven CT 06520-8330 US
121 Wall Street
New Haven, CT 06511
The Beinecke Library is open to all Yale University students and faculty, and visiting researchers whose work requires use of its special collections. You will need to bring appropriate photo ID the first time you register. Beinecke is a non-circulating, closed stack library. Paging is done by library staff during business hours. You can request collection material online at least two business days in advance of your visit, using the request links in Archives at Yale. For more information, please see Planning Your Research Visit and consult the Reading Room Policies prior to visiting the library.