As travelers, we glean bits and pieces from the homes and homelands of others. We document these insights, we remember them, and they become part of our story, and part of our being.Rosie Gochnour Serago, in “Gleaning a Small Town’s Harvest"
Utah Explorer's Guide, Summer 2019
This Land's Heritage
About This Issue
The stories in this issue explore the theme of “This Land’s Heritage.” Some stories interact with people and artifacts that give definition to the place (Gleaning a Small Town’s Harvest, View From the Past), others engage in outdoor recreation and activities and emerge with a deeper awareness and appreciation of that place (Blazing Sandals, A Path Through the Canyons).
By definition, heritage is something that gets handed down from the past, be that a tradition, legacy, inheritance, object, monument, idea or culture. And it is the range of our present-day activity and interaction with those places or things that give them meaning — and why we work to safeguard our heritage for future generations.
Heritage is often linked with culture and arts, concepts tied to human activity ranging from the artifacts that make up our everyday lives to our creative output. Yet heritage is also tied to the land. It relays a story about our relationship with a place, and it is often the place itself that creates the connection. It is the land itself that compels us to innovate and create.
Several of our stories recognize the traditional, Native inhabitants who first inhabited these lands. We submit our stories as part of their broader heritage to honor Native land and acknowledge that our stories take place on or point visitors toward explorations on the traditional lands of Ute, Navajo, Southern Paiute, Goshute, Shoshone and Bannock bands.
If the stories in this issue tell us anything, it is that what we have inherited is not so much “ours” as it is everyone’s. While the meaning we draw from our experiences is individual, it is also shared. And that meaning links with thousands of years of humans coming into contact with the land we now call Utah.