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  • About ten years ago, Vaughn Hadenfelt worked with the town of Bluff the change the settlement date from the mid 1800s to 650 A.D in order to formally recognize the history of Native Americans in the area. Vaughn has been working as a guide and archaeologist in Southern Utah's Cedar Mesa and Grand Gulch plateau for over 30 years.

    In Bluff you're able to see and feel the presence of humans on the landscape - it's visible in erosion from cattle grazing, in the moqui steps that wind round cliff faces, petroglyphs and pictographs, ruins, pot shards and other remnants from continuous settlement. We joined him on a hike over Comb Ridge. Here he describes what he calls "the outdoor museum" and the importance of tempering our human instinct to collect what is not ours.
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