Join Friends of Cedar Mesa for a talk by Ralph Burrillo on the Battle for Bears Ears!
Southeastern Utah has one of richest and most diverse sagas of human history, dating back at least 12,000 years. Since its popularization starting in the 1870s, the rich material heritage of Indigenous history and culture has faced steady threats from development, grazing, looting, and - increasingly - recreational visitation. Efforts to implement legislative protection have existed for almost as long, but have always lagged far behind the pace of the impacts they are meant to curtail. Now they are on a collision course whose fate is yet to be determined.
About the speaker: Ralph "R.E." Burrillo is an archaeologist, author, and conservation advocate. His writing has appeared in Archaeology Southwest, Colorado Plateau Advocate, The Salt Lake Tribune, Blue Mountain Shadows, The Moab Times, The Navajo-Hopi Observer, Kiva, The Gulch, The Dust, The Archaeological Record, Flag Live, The San Juan Record, and Southwestern Lore. He is also the author of Behind the Bears Ears: Exploring the Cultural and Natural Histories of a Sacred Landscape, which was chosen by ForeWord Book Reviews as their critic's choice in nonfiction for the year 2020. He currently splits his time between Scottsdale and Flagstaff, AZ.