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Cultural Models of Water in Northern Utah

Year: 2023

Presenter Name: Jacob Martin

Additional Presenters:
Dorie Pardoneu (, Brelle Christensen (, Kayla Warren (
Water heritage studies serve as a nexus for research and applied sciences to understand myriad roles that water functions in everyday life. The Water Heritage Anthropological Project evaluates dimensions of water, its infrastructure, and management practices through an interdisciplinary lens. We report on ethnographic work from northern Utah where we conducted semi-structured interviews with three different categories of water users: farmers, water managers, and community members. Our work identifies cultural dimensions of water identity that study participants use to describe their relationship with water. We discuss the social, economic, and environmental implications for communities in the Mountain West.
University / Institution: Utah State University
Type: Poster
Format: In Person
Presentation #A48
SESSION A (9:00-10:30AM)
Area of Research: Humanities
Faculty Mentor: Francois Dengah