Grand Canyon on the Precipice | Commercialization of Sacred Lands

“In a world hungry for harmony and beauty, can you think of a better place than the Grand Canyon?” Whitmer asks.

The plan, now pending before the Navajo Nation Council, has caused division on the reservation and with other tribes, including the Hopi, who say the canyon, and the confluence in particular, are sacred and should not be disturbed.

It has also caused alarm in the National Park Service and among conservationists, who warn that the proposed development—along with another commercial project at the park’s main entrance on the South Rim—could alter the canyon forever.

The controversy raises prickly questions about the nature of sacred spaces, how best to protect natural wonders like the Grand Canyon, and who should have access to, and profit from, public lands.

Read the full article here | National Geographic

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