Ute Ethnographic Cultural Landscapes in Southeast Utah

Author(s): Terry Knight; Jessica Yaquinto; Nichol Shurack

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Transcending Modern Boundaries: Recent Investigations of Cultural Landscapes in Southeastern Utah" session, at the 84th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology.

The Nuche, or Ute people, have been in their homelands across Colorado and Utah since time immemorial. Southeast Utah formed part of the larger movements of the Ute bands with connections to the area, which in turn formed part of the overall Ute movements across the entire Ute homeland. The cultural landscape of southeast Utah serves as a microcosm of Nuche lifeways as a whole. The Abajos of southeast Utah, for example, not only provide nourishment of wild animals the Utes hunt, plants they gather, and crops they farm downstream, but also provide spiritual nourishment and cultural continuity. It proves vital then to not only consider specific archaeological sites, but how the entire cultural landscape formed a necessary part of Ute lifeways. A Utah BLM funded ethnographic study is showing the depth and variety of 32 tribes’ connections to southeast Utah, but this talk will specifically focus on Numic, both Ute and Southern Paiute, cultural landscapes in southeast Utah. Included in this discussion will be an overview of interdisciplinary ethnographic and archaeological documentation being conducted at a Numic petroglyph site, as well as how tribes and archaeologists can better collaborate to reach mutually beneficial outcomes.

Cite this Record

Ute Ethnographic Cultural Landscapes in Southeast Utah. Terry Knight, Jessica Yaquinto, Nichol Shurack. Presented at The 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2019 ( tDAR id: 450923)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -124.365; min lat: 25.958 ; max long: -93.428; max lat: 41.902 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 25692