Cultural Resources

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Cultural resources are the evidence of past human activities that are important in history, archaeology, architecture or culture of a community or region. A rich and diverse array of cultural resources exist in the gorge, ranging from 10,000‐year‐old stone tools to log cabins built by pioneers to vision quest sites still used today by Native Americans. The objectives were written to encompass the three groups of cultural resources, as defined below. For each objective, measures were created to monitor the general conditions, inventory existing information and to facilitate future surveys for public and stakeholder awareness.

Objectives

  • 4.1 PROTECT AND ENHANCE SIGNIFICANT ARCHAEOLOGICAL RESOURCES

    The physical remains or ruins of past generations, such as the remains of a rock shelter, an Indian village, or a pioneer settlement. Other examples include petroglyphs, graves, and artifacts like arrowheads and utensils.

  • 4.2 PROTECT AND ENHANCE SIGNIFICANT HISTORIC RESOURCES

    Standing buildings and structures that are at least 50 years old, including log cabins, barns, highways and wagon trails.

  • 4.3 PROTECT AND ENHANCE SIGNIFICANT TRADITIONAL CULTURAL PROPERTIES

    Objects and places associated with beliefs and practices of a living community that are rooted in that community’s history and are important in maintaining the continuing cultural identity of the community. Traditional cultural properties may include a location used by past and present generations of Native Americans for ceremonial purposes or an area where a community has traditionally conducted culturally important economic or artistic activities.