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The museum here is nestled just off Highway 191, which unspools like a conveyor belt into the center of this rural desert town, where mostly juniper trees and sagebrush dot the dusty red landscape. Inside the doors of the small brick building, though, are a half-million ancient American Indian artifacts all uncovered from these seemingly empty hills. Painted pottery, rare and unmatched, fills the shelves. Arrow points once used for hunting are now perfectly aligned in neat rows for display. Woven baskets with intricate designs sit under glass cases with fingerprints left from curious kids who have peered in.... [Read More]
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"Ancient yarns?," Bob Mims' article on the creation stories of the various tribes, was shockingly dismissive of the tribes' religious beliefs with his labels of "imaginative narratives" and "ancient yarns." These characterizations of the creation stories are patronizing and offensive and served to diminish in the readers' minds the sacred importance of the Bears Ears area to the five tribes fighting to keep it from development. How many Utahns would be up in arms if the story of a prophet receiving golden plates from an angel and getting translations from inside a hat was described as a yarn or... [Read More]
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