Pure Land is the story of the most brutal murder in the history of Grand Canyon. But it is also the story of how McGivney’s quest to investigate the victim’s life and death wound up guiding the author through her own life-threatening crisis. On this journey stretching from the southern tip of Japan to the bottom of Grand Canyon, and into the ugliest aspects of human behavior, Pure Land offers proof of the healing power of nature and the resiliency of the human spirit.
Where It All Began
What started as an assignment turned into a personal journey that changed Annette McGivney’s life forever.
Find out how an investigative story for Backpacker Magazine turned into a project to help survivors of family violence heal in nature.
From Paper to Reality
McGivney wondered how her experiences can be transformed to address the national crisis that is child abuse and neglect. Due to her lifelong connection to nature, McGivney thought it best to give opportunities to children and adolescents who survive family violence to experience the healing power of nature themselves. This mission gained momentum and soon turned into the Healing Lands Project.