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Pictorial weaving is an innovation born out of traditional Navajo geometric designs. Since the 1970s, the style has become increasingly popular among Indigenous artists.

Florence Riggs of Tuba City, is a renowned Diné textile weaver who learned the craft from her mother, grandmother and great grandmother. In keeping with tradition, pictorial weaving is done on an upright loom, working from the bottom up. Florence has taken her designs into new territory – using them to tell stories about the vivid life and landscapes around her.

Bureau of Land Management

Wild donkeys, also known as burros, first arrived in Arizona with early Spanish colonists, with many more imported by miners in the 1800s. They evolved from a North African variety and have tough digestive systems, allowing them to thrive in Arizona’s arid environment.


These burros can double their numbers every four years, so overpopulation eventually led to overgrazing of the landscape and predation by mountain lions and other animals, including humans.


Edward P. Dozier was a pioneering anthropologist and linguist in the 1950’s and 60’s, one of very few Native Americans at that time who were professional, academic anthropologists.


Showering is a significant use of water in American homes. On average, individuals typically take 8-10 minute showers every day, using about 17 gallons of water each time.

If everyone in the city of Flagstaff with its current population took showers like that - 365 days a year - it would add up to almost 460 million gallons of water annually; an amount equivalent to about 10% of the water in Lake Mary when it’s filled to the brim.


Elevated E. coli levels are, unfortunately, not unheard of in Oak Creek  – whether it be from a sewage spill like the one earlier this summer, or because of crowded recreation spots where humans and other animals leave behind waste.


Before foresters or biologists can collect pine cones, examine pest infestation, or follow their study-animal up a tree, they have to go to tree climbing school.


National parks and other protected areas are critical conservation spots for wildlife. But, they’re often too isolated to support natural migration and dispersal. That’s why the nonprofit Wildlands Network is working with coalition partners on a bold vision, known collectively as the ‘Western Wildway’. It’s a 6,000 mile-long wildlife corridor aimed at connecting 20 separate core reserves from Mexico to Alaska.

The Mars Society

When seeking a terrestrial equivalent to the Red Planet, the Mars Society chose the red rock country of Utah and a site half-way between Capitol Reef and Canyonlands National Parks. In 2001, the Colorado-based non-profit established their Mars Desert Research Station just outside the tiny town of Hanksville, Utah.

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Catch sight of a small bird with narrow wings and a long square-tipped tail, hovering beside a road or perched on a telephone wire, and you’ve likely seen an American kestrel.

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Utes have occupied land in the southwest corner of Colorado for centuries. Now their food heritage is sowing seeds of prosperity for members of the Ute Mountain Tribe.