From the text (p.117) ... 'In awe and supplication Mescalero Apache dancers honor flames on their New Mexico reservation. 'Fire is sacred to us,' says one Apache leader. 'It provides warmth, food, protection.' Most Americans, however, fear fire beyond the hearth and for decades have tried to snuff it out. Today scientific research and practical application have confirmed the ancient lore that fire is vital to the health of both grasslands and forests.'