What Are the Costs and Benefits of Damming a River?
ESU401  Impact on Native Culture

Between the years of 1050 and 1250 A.D., Glen Canyon was home to native people called Ancestral Puebloans (also called Anasazi). They built architecturally ingenious cliff dwellings, devised irrigation systems along the riverbanks, and used canyon resources to make exquisite baskets, pottery, tools, and adornments. People who consider themselves the descendants of the Anasazi still regard the area around Glen Canyon as their homeland.

One of the cultural impacts of Glen Canyon Dam involves Rainbow Bridge, a place sacred to the Navajo Indians (also known as Dine'). Rainbow Bridge was once difficult to get to, but the ability to boat across Lake Powell now makes the trip accessible to everyone. In 1974, a group of Navajos filed a suit against the federal government, claiming that by allowing tourists to visit the site, the government was permitting desecration of the sacred nature of Rainbow Bridge.

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3. What benefits do archeological sites and artifacts offer a culture?


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