Articles by David Roberts

Navajo activist Delores Wilson opposes development on land she holds sacred: “You don’t want to anger the Holy Beings there.”

Who Can Save the Grand Canyon?

A holy war is being fought over a proposal to build a $500 million commercial development, on the rim of America's natural treasure

The Shamans' Gallery, a rock art panel that stretches across 60 feet of sandstone in a side canyon, displays an array of humanlike figures. One expert dates it to 1000 B.C. and believes it embodies the visions of unknown religious seers.

Below the Rim

Humans have roamed the Grand Canyon for more than 8,000 years. But the chasm is only slowly yielding clues to the ancient peoples who lived below the rim

In 1874, an earlier traveler, photographer William Henry Jackson, captured an image of an Anasazi cliff dwelling.

Riddles of the Anasazi

What awful event forced the Anasazi to flee their homeland, never to return?

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Whose Rock Is It Anyway?

An Indian tribe wins the first round in a long fight with rock climbers

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On the Frankincense Trail

An archeologist travels ancient trade routes in search of clues to a lost civilization

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In the Land of the Long-Distance Runners

Mexico's Copper Canyon is home to great athletes, the Tarahumara

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The Long Walk to Bosque Redondo

Officials called it a reservation, but to the conquered and exiled Navajos it was a wretched prison camp

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Tracking a Vanished People Through the Sierra Madre

In 1890, Carl Lumholtz pushed into Mexico, on a search for the ancient culture now known as the Anasazi. Instead, he found the Mogollon

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The Suyá Sing and Dance and Fight For a Culture in Peril

For 25 years, anthropologist Tony Seeger has documented the music of Brazil's Suyá and he now leads the effort to protect their rights

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