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• What are the Water Wars? How do Paiute oral histories challenge the narrative of the Water Wars?

Read: Bauer, William Jr. 2012. “The Giant and the Waterbaby: Paiute Oral Traditions and the Owens Valley Water Wars.” Boom: A Journal of California 2 (4): 104–117 (screenshots of reading in materials) – Write a critical analysis of the article as it relates to course material. You must incorporate at least 2 course readings in your analysis beside the Bauer article (the two course readings that are besides bauer are: “The Lie of the Land” (located in materials) and “Collisions at the Crossroads” by Genevieve Carpio – In your analysis you might consider the following questions. Your paper must be 3 double-spaced pages.

• What are the Water Wars? How do Paiute oral histories challenge the narrative of the Water Wars?

• What is the relationship between identity and water for the Paiute people?

• Why does LA factor in? Is LA the real villain for the Paiute people? • How did Paiute oral traditions reframe the timing of events?

• What does this article tell us about processes of settler colonialism?

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