Saber Rattling in Strawberry Valley: The 1888 Encampment of the US Army in Utah

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Written by Christopher W. Merritt, Ph.D., Utah State Historic Preservation Officer Over 900 soldiers from the Infantry, Cavalry, and Artillery branches of the United States Army descended on Strawberry Valley in August of 1888 to engage in the first large-scale joint training exercises west of the Mississippi River. Typically, each …

Guest Blog: URARA

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We have a guest blog from the Utah Rock Art Research Association (URARA) this week! If you haven’t already heard of this organization, they are a fantastic group of people who are passionate about rock imagery! Utah Rock Art Research Association, (URARA) has replaced it’s monthly on the ground field …

What’s in a Name: Rock Imagery

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You may have noticed that we at UPAN and in the wider State Historic Preservation Office, we refer to “rock imagery” when discussing prehistoric/Indigenous petroglyphs, pictographs, and other culturally meaningful markings on stone. For many years “rock art” has been the preferred term used by archaeologists and other Western-educated scholars… …

Utah’s Prehistory in Artifacts

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Written by Erin Haycock Editor’s note: The artifacts you are about to see have all been looted, or stolen. Looting is the illegal removal of archaeological materials from archaeological sites. Not only is this illegal, but it strips artifacts of their scientific value and it debases their cultural value to …

An Alter-Native History of America: Music and Storytelling

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“An Alter-Native History of America” Lecture and Performance by Ed Kabotie (Hopi/Tewa) Musician and artist Ed Kabotie (Okwhua P’ing) shares the courageous stories of the people and lands of Indigenous America through art and music filled “edu-tainment” performances. Learn about Native Americans’ struggle for social, political and environmental justice, and how …