July 10, 2007

Colorado trip pix (Day 1)

Zion National Park--June 27, 2007

Indian lore:

  • We drove through Barstow, California--site of one of the biggest off-reservation gaming battles. You can read about it here.

  • As the marker says, Indians traversed the Mojave Desert in prehistoric times.

  • Note the Plains-style headdress on the buffalo in Stateline, Nevada.

  • I believe Stateline, Laughlin, Tahoe, and Reno are all losing business to Indian casinos.

  • Las Vegas put gambling on the map, but Indian gaming has turned it into a nationwide industry.

  • We drove through about five miles of the Moapa Indian reservation in southern Nevada. This stretch of highway must be one of the most desolate places in the United States.

  • You can see a video of the Moapa landscape here and the Moapa casino here. This is undoubtedly one of the casinos that doesn't earn much.

  • Springdale, Utah, has such touristy shops as Tribal Arts Gallery and Indian Village.

  • In the main part of Zion National Park, there aren't many signs of ancient Indians. No rock art and only a small granary site beyond Weeping Rock, according to the shuttle driver.
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