Some­thing to keep in mind is that this story is not all rain­bows and but­ter­flies and flower power. — cu­ra­tor Mered­ith David­son

Pasatiempo - - TERRELL’S TUNE-UP - Whole Earth Cat­a­log Be Here Now,

A fully re­stored 1971 VW Trans­porter bus owned by Michael Can­field of Al­bu­querque sits on a bed of Astro­turf, un­der­scor­ing what David­son called the South­west Cir­cle, a mi­gra­tory trail that young peo­ple drove on ex­pe­di­tions from the Bay Area to the South­west to Mex­ico and some­times back again. “There was a lot of this cir­cu­lar move­ment that was hap­pen­ing that was in some ways me­dia-driven, in some ways word-of-mouth driven,” David­son said. “I think there was a real urge to get out of ur­ban scenes, and New Mex­ico pro­vided the same kind of pull that it had for gen­er­a­tions of artists and cre­atives be­fore theirs. The open land­scape and the con­nec­tion to Na­tive Amer­i­can com­mu­ni­ties in par­tic­u­lar was a re­ally big rea­son that I think a lot of An­glo vis­i­tors ended up com­ing here and stay­ing here.” Pho­tog­ra­pher Dou­glas Mag­nus’ footage of Santa Fe and its sur­round­ings, shot be­tween 1971 and 1973, plays out of the bus win­dows to pro­vide a feel for the ter­rain en­coun­tered by these first-time vis­i­tors to the state.

Else­where, au­dio from edi­tor Ste­wart Brand em­pha­sizes that pub­li­ca­tion’s in­flu­ence on the com­mune and back-to-the-land move­ments. The Lama Foun­da­tion pod — which is com­plete with a 16-foot struc­ture built in trib­ute to the spir­i­tual com­mune’s rec­og­niz­able dome north of Taos, con­structed in 1968 — fea­tures five never-be­fore-dis­played orig­i­nal draw­ings that Lama res­i­dents made for 1971’s the best­selling spir­i­tual guide writ­ten by Ram Dass (for­merly Richard Alpert, who de­voted re­search to LSD with Ti­mothy Leary at Har­vard in the early ’60s). Other sec­tions on the work of Ja­panese poet Nanao Sakaki, who spent time in Taos, round out the story, as well as pan­els on the use of pey­ote, mar­i­juana, and the 1969 sum­mer sol­stice Bus Race in Aspen

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