Utes, Navajo seek monument to preserve canyon

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Utes, Navajo seek monument to preserve canyon

Tribal leaders give perspective on Bear's Ears monument
A ghostly pictograph watches visitors of Jailhouse ruin in Bullet Canyon. Native tribes have ancestral ties to ruins in southeast Utah and are advocating for further protection.
A coalition of native tribes are advocating for the Bear’s Ears National Monument in southeast, Utah. During a panel discussion at the Celebrate Cedar Mesa conference in Bluff, Navajo Jonah Yellowman, Zuni Octavius Seowtewa, and Navajos Willie Grayeyes and Eric Descheenie share the Native American perspective on the importance of ancestral lands.
Perfect Kiva ruin is in Grand Gulch, a popular part of Cedar Mesa proposed as the Bear’s Ears National Monument. The kiva has an original roof, and can be climbed into.
Monarch Cave is one of the more popular routes in the remote area near Comb Ridge within the proposed monument.
Artifacts can be spotted at Comb Ridge sites, even corn cobs. But signs everywhere remind that removing or damaging any of them is a crime.
While most carved Anasazi or Moki steps go up sheer cliffs, these steps run horizontal on Comb Ridge with a 50-foot fall below.
The colors are beautiful in fall at Comb Ridge.

Utes, Navajo seek monument to preserve canyon

A ghostly pictograph watches visitors of Jailhouse ruin in Bullet Canyon. Native tribes have ancestral ties to ruins in southeast Utah and are advocating for further protection.
A coalition of native tribes are advocating for the Bear’s Ears National Monument in southeast, Utah. During a panel discussion at the Celebrate Cedar Mesa conference in Bluff, Navajo Jonah Yellowman, Zuni Octavius Seowtewa, and Navajos Willie Grayeyes and Eric Descheenie share the Native American perspective on the importance of ancestral lands.
Perfect Kiva ruin is in Grand Gulch, a popular part of Cedar Mesa proposed as the Bear’s Ears National Monument. The kiva has an original roof, and can be climbed into.
Monarch Cave is one of the more popular routes in the remote area near Comb Ridge within the proposed monument.
Artifacts can be spotted at Comb Ridge sites, even corn cobs. But signs everywhere remind that removing or damaging any of them is a crime.
While most carved Anasazi or Moki steps go up sheer cliffs, these steps run horizontal on Comb Ridge with a 50-foot fall below.
The colors are beautiful in fall at Comb Ridge.
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