Professor Richard Stoffle
Bureau of Applied Research in Anthropology
School of Anthropology
Thursday, September 14, 2017
Title: Portals and Landscapes: Ethnographic Overview and Assessment of Native American Connections to Arches National Park, Utah
Abstract: A team of researchers from the School of Anthropology headed by Professor Stoffle worked with representatives of the Hopi, Zuni, Southern Ute, Northern Ute, and Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah to better understand the cultural meanings of Arches National Park, Utah. The study is one of three park studies funded by the Southeast Utah Group of the National Park Service. Key findings include arches as portals to other time and space dimensions, the situation of the park in a wider cultural region focused on the traditional trail crossing of the Colorado River at Moab, and the layering of cultural landscapes.