By Dan England
But Bob Brunswig, his eyes filtered by his many years of study as professor of anthropology at the University of Northern Colorado, saw something more. That's led him to discover many sacred American Indian sites in Rocky Mountain National Park—and it's even helped him to predict where more might be located.
Since 1998, Brunswig has identified more than 1,100 sacred and cultural sites, with more than 500 of them prehistoric, across 38,000 acres in the national park.
He noticed that some of the sites seemed to point to other sites, even over several miles and from mountain to mountain, almost like a child doing a connect-the-dots exercise on a menu in a family restaurant.
“It would be amazing if it turned out to be true,” he said.
As you may recall, I visited Rocky Mountain National Park in 2007. I don't recall much mention of an Indian presence there. Just references to their camping and passing through the area.
Now we learn that the park has at least "1,100 sacred and cultural sites." In other words, Indians basically occupied the region--just as they did the rest of America. So another "empty" wilderness is really Indian country.
For more on the subject, see Indian Lore at Rocky Mountain and Colorado Trip Pix (Days 4-6).
Below: "This is an example of a sacred site in Rocky Mountain National Park. Brunswig will not reveal the location of the sites."