A Colorado landowner was inspired to return his land to Native Americans three years after purchasing it and being “haunted” by the “spirits” of its “rightful owners”/guardians.
Encroaching on Native American land is a problem experienced by the entire community across the country. However, a landowner in Colorado recently decided to step up and give back the land that he bought to its original inhabitants.
After discovering ancient artifacts that belonged to the tribe which previously resided there, the man was curious to know more. What followed pursuit was a heartwarming story of a man willing to give back what was rightfully the tribe’s ancestral land.
Rich Snyder an artist and plumber purchased land on Wild Horse Mesa back in 2015. However he had no idea about the history of the land or what it stood for. All he wanted was some inexpensive property to build a homestead and get away from the grid and the hustle of city life. And he did spend 3 years on this beautiful piece of land to witness the most stunning sunsets and meteor showers.
As he started exploring the land he came across artifacts of a community that had lived there for several years. Some of the things that he found included stone arrangements that formed fireplaces, a stone ax, and chimneys.
He also found a rock table that was probably used for slaughtering animals by the ancient tribe. After digging around and conducting some independent research he learned about the Ute hunter-gatherers. This community had lived in the San Luis Valley for nearly 12,000 years.
Unfortunately this tribe was unlawfully evicted from their land in the 1800s. Thus Snyder decided that this was not his land and gave it back.