|Title||Oral History of Matthew Davis|
|Scope & Content||
Matthew Davis was born in Nebraska, grew up in Oregon, and finally settled in the Bay Area, California in the late 1950s. After studying at the University of Oregon, Davis travelled to Japan while in the Navy, where he was intrigued by the country’s
culture and landscape. Davis then moved to Point Richmond, and later to Mill Valley, where he started a family. It was in Mill Valley that he was inspired by Mount Tamalpais and met other like-minded local artists and Buddhists, including Alan Watts, Allen Ginsberg and Gary Snyder. Together, they began the long-standing local tradition of “circumambulation” of Mount Tamalpais, a meditative, often spiritual, day-long journey
around the mountain. His love of Mill Valley and Mount Tamalpais led Davis to write his book Opening the Mountain: Circumambulating Mount Tamalpais: A ritual walk.
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|Dates of Creation||2015-05-01|
|Narrator's name||Matthew Davis|
|Extent and Medium||
Dimitroff’s Art Store
Kwong, Will “Jakusho”
Matt Davis Trail
Pine Street Clinic, San Anselmo
San Andreas Fault
San Francisco Zen Center
Sonoma Zen Center
Tamalpais Conservation Club
University of Oregon
|Copyrights||Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2015. Materials are made available for research purposes only; all rights are reserved to the Mill Valley Public Library. Requests for permission to quote for publication or for any other usage must be obtained from the Library.|