Embers from the Campfire #6: Hidden Kiva
Back in 1980 while exploring up an untracked side canyon five miles or so north of the San Juan River, my buddy Ron Kezar and I saw something odd ahead under a big overhang.
As we got closer, we saw that it was a kiva seemingly untouched for hundreds of years. We wandered around it, though careful not to get on it or—good grief NO—try to look in the entrance or go down the ladder.
It was truly magical and in part of Cedar Mesa now deleted from Bears Ears National Monument. Secretary of Interior Deb Halland has been quite exercised by the foul act of disrespect to her people’s former home, so perhaps this precious piece of their history has a chance again to be protected.
For the magic of wild slickrock,
Image: The Unknown Kiva under overhang, Bears Ears National Monument (c) Dave Foreman
Dave Foreman is the founder of The Rewilding Institute, co-founder of The Wildlands Project and Earth First!, and author of several acclaimed books on wildlands conservation. Books: Rewilding North America | Man Swarm: How Overpopulation Is Killing The WIld World | Take Back Conservation …among several other Rewilding books you can find here. [Photo: Dave Forman in the barren grounds of Nunavit, Canada © Nancy Morton]