Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Saving What’s Left of Utah’s Lost Native American World

By David Robert
An Ancestral Puebloan ruin on Cedar Mesa, in southeastern Utah. Credit Grant Ordelheide/Aurora Open, via Getty Images
The bitter antagonism between the United States government and Utah goes all the way back to 1851, when Brigham Young, governor of the newly formed Utah Territory, declared that “any president of the United States who lifts his finger against this people shall die an untimely death and go to hell.” St. George, Utah --- Cedar Mesa is one of the most sublime and culturally evocative landscapes on Earth. Nowhere else in the Southwest can you find unrestored ruins and artifacts left in situ in such prodigal abundance. Cedar Mesa embraces tens of thousands of archaeological sites that chronicle a 13,000-year history, from Paleo-Indian times until the late 19th century. [link]