Academic journal article Transactions of the American Philosophical Society

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Academic journal article Transactions of the American Philosophical Society

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Clifford: Allotments were issued at that time [1887]. A lot of people went into Hill Creek and Willow Creek even though the land didn't produce anything. It was the type of soil that no farmer in his right mind would take. The Utes who wanted to live in this area mainly wanted to get away from people and the more populated areas, like Ft. Duchesne, Randellet, and Ouray. They wanted to get isolated, to get away from people. So it was mostly those who wanted to get away from populated areas.

All of these panels were created between 1881 and 1908. In moving onto the reservation, not everything was really considered by the government. There were still a lot of things to be corrected and adjusted, but it didn't move that way. One would almost say [that] things are still the same. We came here with the idea that we were driven here, and we were like hostages. So what do you do? Laws change-state laws, federal laws, tribal laws-and we bounce around. No wonder you have problems on the reservation.

All of that is still there. This rock art may be talking about the same things. So what is it really saying, that rock art?

These people had a way to show and tell-like a projector into the future-what was going on. So that's what they put there on the rocks. They are things that may have taken place, too. They were put there like the other drawings done by the Fremont. So the Utes did the same thing. Their minds didn't work like our minds. . .. They used more of their senses than we do today. Today we don't use most of our brain's ability: It just sits there! There is room for improvement in our brain. Everything is really talking to us, and we need to listen to that. …

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