Bill Moyers Interviews Oregon’s Barry Lopez

Barry Lopez has lived in the foothills of the Oregon Cascade mountains for 40 years. As a younger man he was a landscape photographer. He is unsurpassed as a western naturalist, scientist and philosopher. He is of course a journalist. His grasp of humanity is deep and highly spiritual. He sees the human situation as it is and calls out our need to include the world in a personal way rather than try to beat it or use it or to destroy it – even to manage it – it is not ours to manage. This dialogue is excellent.

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  • Desert Notes: Reflections in the Eye of a Raven (1976)
  • Giving Birth to Thunder, Sleeping with His Daughter (1978)
  • River Notes: The Dance of Herons (1979)
  • Winter Count (1981)
  • Crow and Weasel (1990)
  • Field Notes: The Grace Note of the Canyon Wren (1994)
  • Lessons from the Wolverine (1997)
  • Light Action in the Caribbean (2000)
  • Resistance (2004), Oregon Book Award winner


  • Of Wolves and Men (1978), National Book Award finalist
  • Arctic Dreams: Imagination and Desire in a Northern Landscape (1986), National Book Award and Oregon Book Award winner
  • Crossing Open Ground (1988)
  • The Rediscovery of North America (1991)
  • About This Life: Journeys on the Threshold of Memory (1998)
  • Apologia (1998)
  • Home Ground: Language for an American Landscape with Debra Gwartney (San Antonio: Trinity University Press, 2010)

One Reply to “Bill Moyers Interviews Oregon’s Barry Lopez”

  1. Another inspiring person, thank you! And thanks to the Bill Moyers Journal for the transcript (I have to improve my English!). I love the passage in which Barry Lopez remembers that considering nature an “other” with no moral values has been a human creation :)

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