How does it feel to wrap yourself in the blanket your grandmother made or see the car your father spent hundreds of hours fixing up?
And what is it like to walk through the rooms of your childhood home, or down that street that you grew up on? Each of these situations is a physical connection to what was; to the people who came before and helped shaped who you are. They are your history.
But what if you could go back even further? Maybe hundreds of years ago, and experience what the people who came many generations before you created?
On this edition of Saturdays Around the World on EWC, we’re heading to places where you can. Canyonlands National Park and its neighbor, the Bears Ears National Monument, in the southeastern part of the U.S. state of Utah, still wear the physical impact of the native people who shaped the land and wrote their stories on its walls centuries ago.
It’s a reality regardless of your life experiences: we want to know who we are.
Most of us crave that connection to our ancestry. It may just be why DNA ancestry tests have become so popular in the past few years. We want to know where we’re from, what we’re made of, what the experiences of those who share similar genetic makeup were like, and discover the areas of the world that we are tied to.
“I look at some things and I see that’s why I am the way I am. Because of these things that my ancestors left on the walls; that they left in places along springs, and along the rivers. Those were left for me and future generations.”
This quote comes from Jim Enote, a Zuni tribal member who is heavily committed to protecting his own, and other Native cultures. 1 In the video below from Simuhe Xavier for Our Canyon Lands, Enote brings us through one of the most significant historical areas in the United States, and explores a few of the areas (like a thousand-year-old rock ladder) that have survived for centuries.
And now, to Bears Ears.
Anthropologist, archaeologist, and Hopi tribe member, Lyle Balenquah walks us through this historical place in an awesome 360-degree video from Patagonia. Just use your cursor to grab the screen and move around this living museum.
Can you imagine what it’s like to be able to walk through these places and see the marks of your ancestor’s ingenuity and life permanently in the walls? Maybe you’ve experienced this before, but the rarity of a place that’s open to the public where we can be face to face with the history of humanity is something that shouldn’t be glazed over.
To quote Jim Enote from the first video we featured, “all the cultural resources are a part of the human experience and belong to everyone.” So what do we do with that? Where do we go from here?
What are we actually leaving for the humans of the future to experience?
Stay open to new possibilities!
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it” – Albert Einstein
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- “Jim Enote.” Jim Enote | Grand Canyon Trust. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2018. <https://www.grandcanyontrust.org/public-lands-gatherings/jim-enote>. ↩
- “The Story of Place.” Vimeo. Our Canyon Lands, 15 Oct. 2014. Web. 02 Mar. 2018. <https://vimeo.com/109092069>. ↩
- “Bears Ears – A Living Museum.” Vimeo. Patagonia, 04 Dec. 2017. Web. 02 Mar. 2018. <https://vimeo.com/245804159>. ↩