As June happens to be Great Outdoors Month, here is a tribute to some parts of Turtle Island that are spectacular beyond words. Luckily, we have these stunning time-lapse videos, which do all the "talking" that's needed.
1. Arches National Park, Utah
Countless generations of Native Americans crossed–and still cross–these sandstone landscapes.
2. Yosemite National Park, California
Seven present-day tribes descend from the people who first called this area home, the Ahwahneechee. As colonizing Europeans arrived in the mid-1800s, violent disruption ensued that displaced the Native populations. (Related: Sharing Traditions Exhibit in Yosemite Showcases Native American Basketry)
3. Yellowstone National Park, Idaho, Montana, Wyoming
The human history of the Yellowstone region goes back more than 11,000 years. From then until to the very recent past, many groups of Native Americans used the park as their homes, hunting grounds, and transportation routes.
4. Zion National Park, Utah
Human use of the Zion National Park landscape dates back to at least 6,000 B.C.
5. Death Valley National Park, California, Nevada
The Timbisha Shoshone Indians lived here for centuries before the first white man entered the valley.
6. Badlands National Park, South Dakota
The South Unit of Badlands NP is managed by the Oglala Lakota Nation.