On December 1, 2015, Jonathan Till (Edge of the Cedars) will present “Ancient Cultural Landscapes in Southeastern Utah and the Big Questions of Anthropology.”
My presentation will focus on the ancient and historic cultural landscapes of the Bluff valley in southeastern Utah. Sadly, these landscapes, and others, are threatened by pothunters and manic collectors, by development, and even by the visiting public.
I’ll describe several possible scenarios for the management of these landscapes and consider the outcomes of these management practices for Native American peoples, for the United States citizenry, and for humanity in general. These scenarios have great salience, as a possible shift in management policy is currently being considered by state and federal officials.