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Sat May 1, 2021, 12:59 PM

Racist Phrase Found Etched on Native American Petroglyphs in Utah

Long before the establishment of , Native American groups such as the Ancestral Puebloans, Fremont and Utes lived in and passed through the area, adorning its red sandstone with pictographs and petroglyphs. In the mere 15 percent of the region they’ve formally documented, archaeologists have identified hundreds of rock art sites. A four-panel collection of petroglyphs known as the “Birthing Rock” was damaged earlier this week, when vandals scrawled a white supremacist phrase and other obscene graffiti on it (in Utah’s Arches and Canyonlands National Parks).

Birthing Rock, also known as the “Birthing Scene,” is a boulder off of a popular recreational road outside of the city of Moab. Petroglyphs that are scratched or otherwise carved into rock, as opposed to painted pictographs, adorn its four sides. According to an interpretive sign at the site, images inscribed on the rock include a woman giving birth, anthropomorphic figures, bear tracks, centipedes and bighorn sheep, as well as abstract designs. Dating petroglyphs is difficult, but archaeologists estimate that they were etched by the region’s Indigenous inhabitants between 700 and 2,500 years ago.

Late Sunday or early Monday, vandals wrote “white power” across Birthing Rock’s triangle-shaped anthropomorphic figures, misspelling and crossing out their first attempt at the word “white”. Someone drew an ejaculating penis above a snakelike line and scribbled sexual vulgarities on the rock. A scratched-on slang term for women’s genitals now appears on a section with depictions of four-legged creatures and circular designs. Only one panel escaped unscathed.

Between 500 and 1300 A.D., during what’s known as the Formative Era, the Fremont people lived in what is now Utah and western Colorado, hunting and gathering as well as practicing agriculture. Around the same time, the Ancestral Puebloans—whom archaeologists labeled the Anasazi—built pueblos and farmed in the Four Corners region (Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico). For reasons that remain mysterious, the Ancestral Puebloans—forebears of today’s Pueblo tribes—abandoned sites like Mesa Verde about 700 years ago. By 1500 A.D., “all traces of Fremont culture” had vanished from the archaeological record.

https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/vandals-deface-native-american-petroglyphs-utah-racist-phrase-180977630/

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Reply Racist Phrase Found Etched on Native American Petroglyphs in Utah (Original post)
left-of-center2012 May 1 OP
Deuxcents May 1 #1
roamer65 May 1 #5
JanMichael May 1 #2
bif May 1 #4
AZLD4Candidate May 1 #3
LuvLoogie May 1 #6
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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 01:04 PM

1. I hate this

The morons don’t respect anything.. I wish there was some way to arrest these people.

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Response to Deuxcents (Reply #1)

Sat May 1, 2021, 02:41 PM

5. I'd have them executed.

Extreme but it would be a deterrent.

They are useless “eaters” and carbon expellers that did this crime.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 01:04 PM

2. I read the subject line totally wrong...nt

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Response to JanMichael (Reply #2)

Sat May 1, 2021, 02:37 PM

4. I did as well.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 01:05 PM

3. With all the energy it takes to do something at pointless has hating, these

people could actually do something productive with their lives if they harnessed that hate energy to do other things.

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Response to AZLD4Candidate (Reply #3)

Sat May 1, 2021, 03:39 PM

6. Like jump off a cliff?

Step in front of bus?

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Response to LuvLoogie (Reply #6)

Sat May 1, 2021, 04:07 PM

7. Retroactively abort themselves?

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Sat May 1, 2021, 04:26 PM

8. Total disrespect for history, if nothing else

Probably giggling while they did it.

I really hope these can be cleaned up. Set up some camouflaged cameras.

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