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Bears Ears National Monument is a delicate place of solitude, beauty and wonder. If you aren’t familiar with the two sections of the monument or where it’s even located, head to our website check out the maps and info on our page. Link in bio - visitblanding.com/benm

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Elouise Wilson was photographed by @ryshorosky at her home in Monument Valley, on the Navajo reservation. Wilson is a mother of eight and lived with her family in a hogan—a traditional eight-sided, one room home—as recently as 2006. Her daughter works for a nonprofit helping to protect #BearsEars and its cultural traditions. American Indians used the landscape in this area of southeastern Utah to elude U.S. military troops in 1864, as thousands were being marched by gunpoint down to Fort Sumner in New Mexico. Hundreds died from hunger and exhaustion in what became known as the Long Walk. American Indians were essentially held captive by the military for years, many perishing in squalid conditions. In 1868, tribe members negotiated a treaty that allowed Navajo people to return to portions of their ancestral homelands, where many still live today. The 150th anniversary of the document is June 1. Photograph by @ryshorosky for TIME

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Yesterday we talked about how many historic Native American groups in the southwestern USA and California used cactus spine tattoo tools. So how old is this practice? We discovered that around 2,000 years ago, the tool seen here was used to tattoo by Basketmaker II people at the Turkey Pen site in southeastern Utah (part of the Greater Bears Ears Landscape). It measures just 9.96 cm long, and is made of a lemonade sumac twig, yucca leaf strips, and prickly pear cactus spines, which are stained black on the tips. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Turkey Pen is a large dry rockshelter, with amazing artifact preservation. Excavations in 1972 recovered materials including turkey and human coprolites (feces), plant remains, corn, human hair, bone, wood, dried fruit skins, feathers, and rope/twine, all dated around 1–200 CE. Radiocarbon dates for strata containing the tattoo tool produced a specific range of ca. 79–130 CE. The collection has been studied and curated for the last 40+ years at the Washington State University Museum of Anthropology. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I ran across this artifact in 2017 while documenting and cataloguing the Turkey Pen materials as part of my graduate studies at WSU. It had not been previously identified as a possible tattoo implement, but aroused my suspicions based on the size, shape, and pigment staining. To study the tool, I assembled a team of archaeologists with specializations in ethnobotanical (plant) remains, ancient perishable materials, ancient residues, microscopy, archaeologists who excavated the site, and also @lemurs_and_typewriters, who knows a few things about ancient tattooing. We examined the artifact using a number of different techniques, and ultimately confirmed it to be the oldest tattoo tool (so far) found in the southwestern United States. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thanks to @computational_archaeologist for this post! Stay tuned tomorrow for more about this amazing artifact. Also, see Gillreath-Brown et al. (2019) “Redefining the age of tattooing in western North America: A 2000-year-old artifact from Utah” (http://bit.ly/UtahTattoo). Images © 2019 Andrew Gillreath-Brown. Please email andrew.d.brown @wsu.edu for permissions.

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Navigating what is happening in Bears Ears & on public lands in the West feels as tricky as exploring a technical canyon in the dark. Like a hiking guide, I compiled the helpful information I’ve crossed paths with ranging from explanations of the new management plan, public comments, news updates, and a few ways you can step up for Bears Ears. 💛Link in my profile and also in my Save Bears Ears insta story. #savebearsears #protectwhatyoulove #publiclands #istandforwhatistandon 📸 @eginoire_photo

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@kinsalehues I stand for where my ancestors stood. • numerous tribes trace their ancestry to the peoples whose ancient homes and sacred sites still populate Bears Ears. these are our relatives, not political game pieces.  #defendbearsears  #bearsears

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Our outdoor fire pits are a great place to roast marshmallows or to just hangout and enjoy the scenery! 🏜

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On the horizon, the video series from the top of Bears Ears National Monument 🐻 #protectbearsears . . . organization:  @protectbearsears video production:  @weavingculturesmedia thank you:  @alastairbitsoi . . . #bearsears  #bearsearsheals  #standwithbearsears #indigenous  #Diné  #Ute  #UtahDineBikeyah  #fourcorners #artheals  #UDBSummerGathering  #Summergathering #camping  #hiking  #utahhiking  #indigenousfoods   #Utah  #livingarts  #patahonia #nativesoutdoors

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Conversations from Bears Ears National Monument with Indigenous Foods expert, Cynthia Wilson. . . On camera: @cynskn Organization:  @protectbearsears video Production:  @weavingculturesmedia . . #bearsears  #bearsearsheals  #standwithbearsears #indigenous  #Diné  #Ute  #UtahDineBikeyah  #fourcorners #UDBSummerGathering  #Summergathering #camping  #hiking  #utahhiking  #indigenousfoods  #indigenouscollective   #Utah  #livingarts  @Patagonia  @canon

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Take a break at the pool! ☀️ Now open Bluff Dwellings Resort!

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Equally beautiful to the Needles District of Canyonlands is the drive out to it, which passes through the Indian Creek unit of Bears Ears National Monument (which of course He-Who-Shall-Not-Be-Named shrunk and opened up to drilling). . . . #indiancreek #bearsears #bearsearsnationalmonument #utah #scenic #landscape #protectwildutah #protectwildplaces #istandwithbearsears

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Days 3&4 proved to be full of spectacular views, challenging riding, more ruins, and a sense of accomplishmest‼️ #Utah #rimtours #bearsears #canyonlands

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First couple of nights in the Bears Ears included riding, camping and exploring Anasazi ruins in the back country #utah #rimtours #bearsears

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Navigating what is happening in Bears Ears & on public lands in the West feels as tricky as exploring a technical canyon in the dark. Like a hiking guide, I compiled the helpful information I’ve crossed paths with ranging from explanations of the new management plan, public comments, news updates, and a few ways you can step up for Bears Ears. 💛Link in my profile and also in my Save Bears Ears insta story. #savebearsears #protectwhatyoulove #publiclands #istandforwhatistandon 📸 @eginoire_photo

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A wonderful Woodstock visit with my son David Benjamin Sherry, a treat to have him with me in Woodstock where he grew up. What a wonderful visit, in NYC printing for his new show on 9/11 @salon94. The Woodstock of his youth has changed, but his hometown is part of the story. All our stories. Safe Journey, Davey. photo by @andrewf802 #sons #artists #photographers #Western landscapephotography #Bearsears #mom #pride

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I am Tamy Oliver Jaramillo and I had a dream to enhance our local economy in Blanding, Utah. I paired my local café with Chris J. Blackhorse, an exceptional Native American artist, to create original, unique hand crafted souvenirs related to the Bears Ears. Everything is made locally and now available worldwide. Dreams can come true with hard work and determination.💯⁠ ⁠ I’ve been barrel racing for 50 years. It’s my passion and heartthrob. Barrel racing is how I relieve the stress of running two businesses. It’s my time. #businessownerinBlanding #cowgirltough #bearsears #eatlocal #greatcookandhorserider #pumaandcorona #cloverleafconnector #swbranm1 #icandoit

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It was 60 this morning. Had to check the forecast for #Moab...still hot. But the season is rapidly approaching! • @cspratta on the most sandbagged 5.10- at the Creek: Crescent Crack. If you have big mitts, it’ll feel right. Otherwise, there will be stacking shenanigans near the top. • #climbing #rockclimbing #tradclimbing #tradisrad #crackclimbing #utah #utahgram #utahisrad #utahphotography #indiancreek #bearsears #moabutah #getoutstayout #liveclimbrepeat #grippedmagazine #climbingmag #rockandice #lasportivagram #outdoors #humanpoweredadventures #aacgram #sandstone #goatworthy #bealpha

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Good afternoon friends, more news on public lands & bird habitats. 3 bird species habitats could be affected by this: Pinyon Jay, Greater Sage-Grouse & the Spotted Owl. Chaining is controversial on any public lands, but especially so in a national monument set aside to protect stunning natural beauty, intricate ecosystems, and thousands of sacred sites and relics dating back 13,000 years. “My view is that there needs to be a moratorium on all of these practices until there’s an honest look at the impact they’re having across the landscape,” says Katie Fite, a biologist and public lands director with the nonprofit group WildLands Defense. If these practices concern you, please join Red Rock Audubon, donate, volunteer, share your voice with our legislators at local, state & federal levels. We are capable of so much as chapter! https://www.audubon.org/news/new-plan-bears-ears-national-monument-draws-fire-over-tree-clearing #bearsears #bearsearsnationalmonument #pinyonjay #spottedowl #greatersagegrouse #audubon #audubonsociety #redrockaudubon #publiclands #saveourpubliclands #saveourbirds #protectwildlifehabitat #wildbirds #wildlifephotography #birdphotography #birding #ornathology

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"Dancing The Bears Ears" returns next April... #EarthToneRDT. . #rdtdance #rdtutah #moderndance #dancingthebearsears #zvigotheiner #bearsears #theblocksslc . Photo by @sharonkain Choreography by Zvi Gotheiner

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Bearscape tee from The Wyrd Brand. Get yours today! >>>Check out the link in the bio to purchase!

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Monsoon season in the desert is something wonderful, it brings life and relief to everything. When something is readily available our first instinct is to take it for granted, only when it is scarce do we see the beauty and necessity of water. This lesson is written on every rock, tree, and cactus out in the desert. The beauty and mystery of the vast red rock landscape has been carved out over millennia by the forces of water and yet there is scarcely a drop to be found. When it does come however it comes in full force. Its agenda? Destruction and life! Erosion, and supplement. Flowers bloom, canyons mourne as they crumble away, and here we see a great juxtaposition take place. That of the two fundamental and unchanging purposes of water. #southernutah #nbnm #findyourpark #hwy95 #bearsears #monsoon #desertdream #naturalbridges #lifeinthedesert #erosion #rain #thunder #water #explore #roam #wander #beautahful #utah #utahisrad #wheredoyouroam #neverstopexploring

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The Bears Ears National Monument is under threat again. This time, the U.S. government is trying to take away land management rights from the local Native nations.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Forest Service released a “Resource Management Plan” that excluded the Navajo Nation, Pueblo of Zuni, Hopi, Ute and Mountain Ute tribal nations from managing their ancestral homelands. Land defenders are working to reinstate tribal rights, and the BLM is hosting an open protest period until August 26, 2019.⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ In 2017, the Trump admin reduced the Bears Ears National Monument by 1.15 million acres - 85% of the monument designated for protection under the Obama admin. The tribes and their allies have been working to repeal the reduction but are currently still in legal limbo. Advocates maintain that they will keep fighting to protect Bears Ears, which is still used by tribes today for food and medicine gathering, outdoor education and ceremonies. ⁣⁠ ⁣⁠ #BearsEars #BearsEarsNationalMonument #ProtectBearsEars #Dine #Navajo #Hopi #Zuni #Ute #MountainUte #Utah #SaveWildUtah #PublicLand #StolenLand #PublicLandsAreStolenLands #IndigenousResistence #Indigenous #Native

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Recreation map of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument by Utah @mypubliclands. We hope you’ve enjoyed our look at selections from the Esri Map Book, Vol. 34. To see all the maps, tap the link in our bio.

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The BLM released its final EIS and proposed Monument Management Plan for the Shash Jáa and Indian Creek Units remaining in the boundaries of the illegally reduced Bears Ears National Monument in southern Utah on July 26.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ The units comprise 201,876 acres in total (reduced from 1.35M acres by President Trump’s 2017 Proclamation). In the proposed EIS, released last summer, the agency had considered only four alternatives, but the final EIS reveals a fifth alternative. As expected, the final preferred alternative allows for virtually unrestricted resource uses in the reduced units, along with “more discretion” for the agency to review individual proposals on a “case-by-case basis.”⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ If any of this sounds familiar, it might be because the alarm was raised about this plan in 2018, when the Trump administration released a draft version of it. Folks like you helped drive thousands of comments to the Department of the Interior letting them know the plan was irresponsible and asking that agencies consult with tribes before moving forward. We now know for sure the Trump administration has decided to disregard those concerns. Not satisfied with unlawfully reducing Bears Ears, they’ve issued a proposed final decision to reduce protections for even the diminished version of the remaining monument.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Fortunately, new leadership in Congress brings a crucial opportunity to respond to the Bears Ears cuts (and the reductions to Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.) Conservation champs in Congress have introduced a proposal that would restore Bears Ears National Monument, giving permanent protection to tens of thousands of important cultural and archaeological sites. Not only would this action restore protections to these sites, but it would also restore the Bears Ears Inter-Tribal Coalition tribes to their rightful management role over the landscape in collaboration with federal agencies.⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣ Linked in our bio you’ll find the EIS a 30 day protest period is open until August 26th. We’ve included a link where you can protest the BLM’s Bears Ears Plan. We’ve also included a link to where you can use your voice to demand that Congress Protect Bears Ears.

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Looking through an eye of time. #vortextoursutah #bearsears

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This is Mike Call @mikecall he stuck with me for nearly two years making a feature documentary about what wilderness and landscape means to each of us. I’m so impressed by his passion and dedication for story telling. Stoked to have worked so long and hard with this guy. #collaboration #filmmaking #wilderness #filmtrailer #movietrailers #indiefilm #utah #bearsears #nationalparks #yosemite #wetplatephotography #collodion. https://vimeo.com/351529139

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@mypubliclands and @u.s.forestservice have hastily proposed a plan for the slashed Bears Ears National Monument that fails to protect cultural and natural resources or manage for sustainable recreation. Tell @usinterior Secretary Bernhardt and @usdagov Secretary Perdue that this is unacceptable! Take action at monumentsforall.org/action (link in our profile). #MonumentsForAll #StandWithBearsEars 📷: @timmydp

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Go find a butterfly today. ❤️ Or a moth, or something with wings. 📷 @s_l_nm #BlandingFamAdven #blandingutah #bearsears

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Sometimes you just have to shut off the van and stare into the sunset. After taking an interesting detour down a road with a warning about not being maintained, we found ourselves 4x4ing contours and tight switchbacks at sunset. The moral of the story? Leave room for the places and experiences you don't know are coming your way. . . . . . Bears Ears National Monument, Utah, USA - August 2019. . . . #bearsears #bearsearsnationalmonument #utahunique #naturalutah #sunsetlover #sunset_madness_ #awesomeearth #earthfocus #fantastic_earth #travelstoke #theglobewanderer #discoverearth #lonelyplanet #earthofficial #nakedplanet #tlpicks #welivetoexplore #letsgosomewhere

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It’s almost desert season! 📷 @bigdaddydillon81

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“Everyone gets to enjoy this.” My Aunt nailed the spirit of public lands as we sat and watched the sunset with *only* EIGHT other people. As the developed world closes in on the wilderness, we all need public outer space to comprehend our tiny place in it. Likewise, while the safety of going out in public in this country is under attack, let us marvel with gratitude for public spaces that peacefully bring human animals together regardless of beliefs, creed, and religion. I’ll gladly share this place and sentiment with a few very mellow, respectful, and appreciative neighbors. This isn’t about secret spots, this is about literal peace on earth. ☮️ 💛✌️💖 #outerspaceinnerpeace #protectwhatyoulove #publiclandslovesyou

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Ancestral Puebloan artwork in Southern Utah. This panel was originally included in the boundary of the  #BearsEars National Monument. ⁣ ⁣ These petroglyphs have striking resemblance to those found on other continents. ⁣ ⁣ What do they remind you of? ⁣ ​⁣ ​Follow @thehumanoriginproject⁣ ​📷 @ancientartarchive

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Figuring out The West paso a paso.

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🤓 #liveyourownlife #makeyourownway #seetheworld #learnmore #travelmore #exploremore #oneplanet #adventureandexploration #betheoutsider #pdw4life . . . #Repost @thehumanoriginproject ・・・ Hand Prints Bears Ears National Monument, Utah⁣ ​⁣ ​Hand paintings are depicted in Rock Art around the world. The hand image would have been created in a variety of ways: the artist may have used the hand on the rock as a stencil, spraying paint from the mouth or charcoal powder through a reed; the outline of the hand may have been painted around by brush; or simply painting the hand and then placing it on the rock. The hand paintings were created by men, women and children. What ever the method, and what ever the style of accompanying art, hand paintings are one of the most common elements of rock art. ⁣ ⁣  But what of their meaning? Was this the signature of the artist, confirming both his or her work as well as his or her self-awareness? Was it the artist, or shaman, touching the the rock surface in order to acknowledge and therefore enter the spirit world, known as the 'sealing' ritual? Where there is a spiral incorporated into the motif, as at La Cienega and Three Rivers for example, they may be depictions of healing energy that channels through the hands - the ancient practice of Reiki. There might have been a metaphorical link between the 'spraying on of paint' with the 'spraying on of medicine' by the shaman. ⁣ ⁣  Given that the images exist around the world, and cover a great time span, clearly there must be a variety of meanings. For all of the hypotheses, hand painting and the 'hand' motif could have represented any number of rituals, but without knowledgeable informants from a particular culture, hypotheses they must remain. ⁣ ⁣ What do you think they represent? ⁣ ​⁣ ​Follow @thehumanoriginproject⁣ ​📷 @ancientartarchive #bearsears #bearsearsnationalmonument

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@mmiwutah is in search of #indigenous #womyn #leadership to help continue the #goodwork. Jennifer Boyce did an amazing job and it may be best to have a leadership council that leads us into the future. Mark Oct 6 on your calendar if you would consider helping. Also mark August 26th as the day @dhaseya and other runners arrive at the @utstatecapitol with #medicine from #BearsEars. Follow @slcairprotectors #SLCairProtectors on FB for more info. Remember our #DefendtheSacred #Powwow in Tooele Sept 27th and 28th as all are invited to #dance and or watch and be educated on what a pow wow is. If you would like to sponsor a category please follow the PANDOS 2019 defend the sacred powwow committee page. @utahpandos #mmiwutah All love to you. #respect #action #stewardship #weareallrelated

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Байка с ушками ⠀ В холодный сезон, так хочется сидеть под пледом и не вылазить никуда.Эта кофта точно такая же теплая и позволит вам ощущать уют даже когда вы идете на работу или сидите на парах в универе.А яркие расцветки не дадут вам заскучать в темные пасмурные дни. ⠀ На свои параметры 86-68-98 я взяла размер S. Выбирала по таблице продавца и не прогадала - села немного свободно, как и планировалось. На выбор у продавца 10 расцветок и очень долго не могла остановится на чем-то одном, но решила взять тот, которого у меня ещё не было - бирюзовый (СА-01). Цвет нежный и соответствует картинке продавца. ⠀ Главная фишка байки - капюшон с ушками. Места в нем достаточно, чтобы спрятаться. Сделан из основного материала. Ушки маленькие и мягкие, сами не стоят,но все равно смотрятся милашно. ⠀ Материал - синтетика, но очень мягкая и приятная.После стирки не полинял и не облез. На рукавах и по низу кофты есть манжеты из основного материала. Кстати, на рост 162 см села не так коротко как на фото у продавца, но мне так даже лучше - спина закрыта. ⠀ Приходит байка в индивидуальном пакете. Неприятного запаха не было. Доставка в Беларусь около 3 недель. Трек отслеживался на всем пути. ⠀ #hoodies #autumn #womensclothing #pullovers #woman #women #bearsears #sweatshirts #fashion #trend #alilook #look #onlineshopping #оnlybest #тренд #мода #тренды #Afonya_Ali_женское #aliexpress #aliexpressfashion #aliexpressmania #aliexpresswomen #aliexpressshopping #выгода #выгодноепредложение #sweater #YANMUXI

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➸ The Fiery West ➸ Lightning set one of my favorite canyons ablaze. ➸ Down wind is the smell of uncontained wilderness, where nature’s forces destroy to reincarnate. ➸ A far cry from man’s efforts to decimate and control, only marching us closer to a far more unforgiving flame. ➸ #protectwhatyoulove #bearsearsnationalmonument #wildfire #wilderness

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Hidden Hallways. • 📸: @yadhira_rice_

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Fortunate to have attended my first Bears Ears Summer Camp Gathering with @protectbearsears. The traditional food, games, teachings, and speakers were amazing. Me and @saharspice really enjoyed our trip out and can’t wait for next years festivities. . . . #utah #southernutah #bearsears #campout #summer #protectbearsears #UDB #utahdinebikeyah #trip #outdoors #adventure #outback #landscape #wild #care #gopro #hero #tsuutina

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Sandstone changes, moves, becomes pathways in the landscape. It humbly allows itself to be shaped by the miraculous forces that touch it—water and wind—without conceding its space. I’d like to lie here longer being sculpted with you.🧡 #heartofstone #protectwhatyoulove #sandstoneseduction #fuckyeahfriday __________ 📸 @eginoire_photo

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early july learned about Protecting Bears Ears @haffenreffer_museum Last week took in artist Jeffrey Gibson’s work @jeffrune of the same @blantonmuseum 👊🏽🌍 #artconnections #bearsears #thisisthedayatx #jefferygibsonart #haffenreffermuseum #museums #pvd #austintexas #art

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Sometimes the best medicine in exposed terrain is to not look into the abyss. Other times, though, leaning into that void is exhilarating beyond words. . The wind rushes up into my face, my eyes start to water, my heart beats fast, my breath shallows and I feel like screaming because I feel so alive in that moment. . #bearsears #protectourwildplaces #publiclands #wallsaremeantforclimbing @thenorthface @blackdiamond @friendsofindiancreek

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🚨This incredible landscape is in danger. 🚨 Last year, the Trump admin. reduced #BearsEarsNationalMonument by a shocking 85% (!!!) and are now failing to protect what's left of this historic and beautiful part of the country, which is held sacred by the region’s Native American tribes. 🌄 We'll keep fighting for Bears Ears in court, but we need your help. Visit the link in our profile to raise your voice to protect these treasured public lands. [Photo: John Fowler via Flickr] - #BearsEars #StandWithBearsEars #KeepItPublic #PublicLands #nationalmonument #nationalmonuments #outdoors #nature #landscape

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So far this week we’ve described a cactus spine tattoo tool from the Turkey Pen site in Utah, which is part of the Greater Bears Ears Landscape. The tool dates to about 79–130 CE, placing it in the Basketmaker II period (500 BCE – 500 CE). Basketmaker II people of the southwestern United States are considered to be Ancestral Pueblo peoples. They are known for their skillfully woven baskets and also relied on some of the earliest corn agriculture in the region. The Basketmaker II people also created spectacular rock art panels, which as seen in the second image show some potential body decoration. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ But what types of designs were people tattooing 2,000 years ago? That is a very difficult question to answer, as nobody has used modern methods to try to detect tattoos on mummified remains from the American Southwest. We instead have to look to different artifacts for potential tattoo designs. Decorated ceramics and effigy vessels from throughout the region depict individuals bearing painted, incised, and punctate designs on their bodies and faces, like the Chacoan effigy from Pueblo Bonito ruins, New Mexico shown in the first image (ca. 828-1126 CE). Basketmaker III (AD 500–700) unfired clay figurines also show possible body decoration (third image), made by piercing the clay with cactus spines. The decoration of clay figurines even extends back to the Early Archaic period, ca. 5600–5000 BC. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Some of the markings on ancient ceramic art and figurines from the southwestern United States are similar to, or at least have similar positions to, the tattoos we see in historic photographs. So, although it may be tempting to immediately interpret those ancient depictions as tattoos, it is really not possible in most cases to conclusively show that these are tattoos instead of body paint, clothing, and/or other forms of body decoration. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thanks once again to @computational_archaeologist for sharing his work this week! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ First image after Pepper (1906) “Human Effigy Vases from Chaco Cañon, New Mexico.” Second courtesy of Alan Cressler. Third after Morss (1954) “Clay Figurines of the American Southwest.”

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#Repost @outdoorindustry • • • • • The fight to protect public lands continues.⁣ ⁣ The BLM has announced its new “final” management plan for the drastically reduced Bears Ears, which includes forest clearing, off-road vehicle access, raising of utility lines, and use for target shooting.⁣ ⁣ This plan thwarts decades of input from tribes, outdoorists and conservationists (not to mention the ongoing legal battle) in order to satisfy a few special interests, all at the expense of this sacred, archaeologically sensitive, and culturally significant land. ⁣ ⁣ We stand firmly with those who want to protect this uniquely special landscape and urge BLM and the administration to stop weakening protections at Bears Ears. Photo: @ashanishinaabe #protectbearsears #bearsears #bearsearsnationalmonument

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Enjoyed finding some time to paint this colorful landscape of Kachina bridge in Southeastern Utah in oil paint tonight. Kachina is Hopi for life spirit. oil canvas 51x90cm. #painting #westernart #utahart #landscapepainting #canyons #westernusa #naturalbridgesnationalmonument #bearsears #artwork #impressionism #artgallery #oilpainting #seeutah #williamsburgpaint #utahgeology #art #rosemarybrushes #nature

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A little #TBT to "Dancing the Bears Ears" by Zvi Gotheiner. Excited to be performing this powerful work again in this upcoming season! . #rdtdance #rdtutah #bearsears #dancingthebearsears #moderndance #earthtoneRDT #danceslc #danceutah Photo by @sharonkain

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The fight to protect public lands continues.⁣ ⁣ The BLM has announced its new “final” management plan for the drastically reduced Bears Ears, which includes forest clearing, off-road vehicle access, raising of utility lines, and use for target shooting.⁣ ⁣ This plan thwarts decades of input from tribes, outdoorists and conservationists (not to mention the ongoing legal battle) in order to satisfy a few special interests, all at the expense of this sacred, archaeologically sensitive, and culturally significant land. ⁣ ⁣ We stand firmly with those who want to protect this uniquely special landscape and urge BLM and the administration to stop weakening protections at Bears Ears. Photo: @ashanishinaabe #protectbearsears #bearsears #bearsearsnationalmonument

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Yesterday we showed you a 2,000 year-old cactus spine tool from the Turkey Pen site in Utah. To test our hypothesis that the artifact was used to tattoo and to learn more about how it was made, we undertook a series of examinations. These included high-resolution microscopy, X-ray analyses, and experimental archaeology. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ By examining the microscopic structure of the artifact spines we were able to determine they came from prickly pear cactus. We also identified rounding and striations on the tips of the artifact (second image) that were not present on natural examples, and saw that the tips had been stripped of their microscopic barbs. X-ray analyses showed that the black staining on the artifact was likely charcoal-based pigment. Finally, we could see that one spine was broken off at the tip (third image), and was 0.47 mm shorter than the other. The black staining covers the broken surface of the spine, showing that it broke during use. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ To better understand wear patterns on the artifact, we created replicas and used them to tattoo pig skin. That process successfully duplicated the patterns we saw on the Turkey Pen artifact: Rounding of the tips, creation of striations, stripping of barbs, and embedding of pigment in the spine surfaces to about 2 mm from the tip. A tip on one of our experimental tools even broke at the same place as the shorter artifact spine. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thanks to Andrew Gillreath-Brown for this post! Andrew was the first author on the published study of this artifact. Do you have questions about the tool or the study? Tag Andrew @computational_archaeologist in your comment! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ More to come tomorrow on ancient tattoo designs and the Basketmaker peoples of the American Southwest. You can find a link to the published study of this artifact in yesterday’s post. Images © 2019 Andrew Gillreath-Brown. Please email andrew.d.brown @wsu.edu for permissions.

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Good Morning! Can you believe it’s already August? (This teacher can’t 🙅🏼‍♀️) But...I’ve got exciting news! This and two other new weavings are on Etsy AND lots of older weavings are on sale! Through the month of August save 15-25% on select weavings and shipping is always free in the US. Link in bio

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I think the red rocks in Southern Utah complement the red of this good looking ride (don’t look too close, she’s a dirty girl and is in serious need of a bath). Had to stop at Wilson Arch to scout a construction project and get permission to come through, so what better place for a tourist pic. #heavyhaul #heavyhaulage #schwertransport #conviexcptionnel #oversizeload #bredlast #dirtyhandscleanmoney #kenworth #T800 #goldhofer #platformtrailer #rigging #lowbeddersunited #redrock #wilsonarch #bluffutah #bearsears #utahscanyoncountry #sanjuancounty

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#repost @archaeologyink ・・・ Yesterday we talked about how many historic Native American groups in the southwestern USA and California used cactus spine tattoo tools. So how old is this practice? We discovered that around 2,000 years ago, the tool seen here was used to tattoo by Basketmaker II people at the Turkey Pen site in southeastern Utah (part of the Greater Bears Ears Landscape). It measures just 9.96 cm long, and is made of a lemonade sumac twig, yucca leaf strips, and prickly pear cactus spines, which are stained black on the tips. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Turkey Pen is a large dry rockshelter, with amazing artifact preservation. Excavations in 1972 recovered materials including turkey and human coprolites (feces), plant remains, corn, human hair, bone, wood, dried fruit skins, feathers, and rope/twine, all dated around 1–200 CE. Radiocarbon dates for strata containing the tattoo tool produced a specific range of ca. 79–130 CE. The collection has been studied and curated for the last 40+ years at the Washington State University Museum of Anthropology. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I ran across this artifact in 2017 while documenting and cataloguing the Turkey Pen materials as part of my graduate studies at WSU. It had not been previously identified as a possible tattoo implement, but aroused my suspicions based on the size, shape, and pigment staining. To study the tool, I assembled a team of archaeologists with specializations in ethnobotanical (plant) remains, ancient perishable materials, ancient residues, microscopy, archaeologists who excavated the site, and also @lemurs_and_typewriters, who knows a few things about ancient tattooing. We examined the artifact using a number of different techniques, and ultimately confirmed it to be the oldest tattoo tool (so far) found in the southwestern United States. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Thanks to @computational_archaeologist for this post! Stay tuned tomorrow for more about this amazing artifact. Also, see Gillreath-Brown et al. (2019) “Redefining the age of tattooing in western North America: A 2000-year-old artifact from Utah” (http://bit.ly/UtahTattoo). Images © 2019 Andrew Gillreath-Brown. Please email andrew.d.brown @wsu.edu for permissions.

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Canyon light is my favorite.

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#BearsEars #NationalMonument Aerial flown by @lighthawk_org _ The final draft of the new management plan for the shrunken #BearsEarsNationalMonument is out, and it flips the idea of what national monuments are supposed to be on its head by “applying fewer land and resource use restrictions and allowing for more discretion for multiple uses” of monument lands. Yep, that's an actual quote from the plan. _ The plan was drafted in a relative hurry after the president unlawfully reduced the monument by 85 percent just a year and a half ago. The new plan for the 15% of Bears Ears that remains, in many cases actually provides weaker protections than if no monument had even been designated. The new plan isn’t yet a done deal. Last Friday’s release triggers a 30-day protest period and a 60-day governor’s consistency review. After that, the BLM can issue a formal record of decision approving the plan, and the plan would then take effect. If you noticed that that’s well before the next presidential election, you’re not alone. _ To learn more, check out the Bears Ears section of our blog at grandcanyontrust.org/blog and visitwww.grandcanyontrust.org/act/expand-bears-ears-national-monument to let your member of #Congress know you'd like Bears Ears #NationalMonument restored! _ 📍 #Ute, #Paiute, #Diné, and #Pueblo lands. _ #BearsEarsHeals #StandWithTribes #StandWithBearsEars  #ProtectBearsEars  #visitwithrespect #MonumentsForAll #IndianCreek #ColoradoPlateau  #nationalmonuments #keepitpublic  #conservation  #nature #saveouroutdoors  #BeUTAHful  #Utahgram #WeloveUtah  #igsouthwest #NativeAmerica #NativeAmericans

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#BearsEars #NationalMonument 📷s: @timmydp, aerial flown by @lighthawk_org _ The final draft of the new management plan for the shrunken #BearsEarsNationalMonument is out, and it flips the idea of what national monuments are supposed to be on its head by “applying fewer land and resource use restrictions and allowing for more discretion for multiple uses” of monument lands. Yep, that's an actual quote from the plan. _ The plan was drafted in a relative hurry after the president unlawfully reduced the monument by 85 percent just a year and a half ago. The new plan for the 15% of Bears Ears that remains, in many cases actually provides weaker protections than if no monument had even been designated. The new plan isn’t yet a done deal. Last Friday’s release triggers a 30-day protest period and a 60-day governor’s consistency review. After that, the BLM can issue a formal record of decision approving the plan, and the plan would then take effect. If you noticed that that’s well before the next presidential election, you’re not alone. _ To learn more, check out the Bears Ears section of our blog at grandcanyontrust.org/blog and visitwww.grandcanyontrust.org/act/expand-bears-ears-national-monument to let your member of #Congress know you'd like Bears Ears #NationalMonument restored! _ 📍 #Ute, #Paiute, #Diné, and #Pueblo lands. _ #BearsEarsHeals #StandWithTribes #StandWithBearsEars  #ProtectBearsEars  #visitwithrespect #MonumentsForAll #IndianCreek #ColoradoPlateau  #nationalmonuments #keepitpublic  #conservation  #nature #saveouroutdoors  #BeUTAHful  #Utahgram #WeloveUtah  #igsouthwest #NativeAmerica #NativeAmericans

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Today is #worldrangerday , celebrating+thanking the people who work, sometimes face great dangers and have even lost their lives in the name of #conservation and protection of #wildlife Protection for threatened species is not spoken of or treated with respect by the President or current Republicans in Congress. The border wall, attacks on #arcticnationalwildliferefuge, shrinking public and pristine lands for the fossil fuel industry , rollbacks on trophy hunting imports, trying to erode the #endangeredspecies Act , USDA protections, and, while no one was looking, HJ res 69, allowing practices like shooting bears, wolves, cubs and pups as they hibernate in national refuges in Alaska . The #Democrats are the only party still sincere about trying to ensure that we won’t condemn creatures we have long shared the planet with to permanent extinction. #Darien #CT reflects the appreciation for natural lands and wildlife that #stephentmather had. You can learn more about his life+the significance of the second photo through the link in our bio and even visit his resting place and family homestead to thank him for the visionary gift of investing his heart and energy in helping our #nationalparks thrive so we can still benefit from them. #dariendemocrats @wolfconservationcenter #voteineveryelection #electionsmatter #dariendtc #sagegrouse #elephants #lions #tigers #bear #eagle #nps #dariendtc #fairfieldcountydemocrats @weirfarmnhs #connecticut #bearsears #protectourlands #climatechange #leaveitbetterthanyoufoundit #parkranger #voteblue

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Bearscape - murdered out tee from The Wyrd Brand. Get yours today! >>>Check out the link in the bio to purchase!

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A steep climb to a sweet find. I’ve been exploring the Colorado Plateau for more years than I readily admit, but finding intact ruins will always keep me coming back. #anasazi #anasaziruins #coloradoplateau #southwest #utah #explore #exploreutah #ancient #ruins #discovery #travel #travelphotography #nikon #nikonphotography #bearsears #photooftheday #picoftheday #natgeo #natgeoyourshot #natgeotravel @natgeo @natgeoyourshot @natgeotravel

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