A "Sign" of the Apocalypse #9

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© Richard Knight
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UploadedJune 27, 2010
TakenAugust 26, 2009
ModelCanon PowerShot SD850 IS
Exposure1/100 sec at f/8
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Focal Length5.8 mm
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Alternate Title: Variation on a Theme

[Bluff, Utah, Pop. 100]

During a previous life here, I had a little series called “A Sign of the Apocalypse.” This would have been the ninth entry.

Just about anyone that has ever driven an American highway has seen a billboard advertising an “American-owned” motel or hotel. Of course, that means there is no possibility that the innkeeper there is going to be named “Mr. Patel.”

So, this sign in tiny Bluff, Utah (which straddles world-famous U.S. Highway #191), caught my eye.

“Indian Owned,” it read. I paused. And then I understood. There was no possibility that the man behind the counter in this jewelry store was going to be named "Mr. al-Abdullah."

It’s a fact that Mideasterners are increasingly dominating the Native American jewelry trade, but evidently not here.

Knowing the history of Native Americans, this sign struck me as ironic.

What do you think?

34 responses

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio gave props (27 Jun 2010):


  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (27 Jun 2010):

    Agreed...great shot, Dick!

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (27 Jun 2010):

    Ironic indeed!

  • dana io

    dana io said (27 Jun 2010):

    I guess that'll hold until 'Indian Owned' will fully receive its new meaning! Or it will be replaced with 'Fully Indian Owned' : )

    I love the tree in the foreground! Like a gentle, wise scale...

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (27 Jun 2010):

    Yes, ironic....& I like Dana's comment about the tree... it's true.

  • Meta Oset

    Meta Oset (Deleted) gave props (27 Jun 2010):

    Yes..Dana said it..I remember well your Apocalypse series, this image is a perfect ninth.

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (27 Jun 2010):

    A great return to the series!! Very interesting capture Dick!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (27 Jun 2010):

    Since I've always lived in the West (and don't get out much), this strikes me as normal. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen a hotel sign that says 'American owned'! I really need to get out more!! As an aside, did you know that Baahozho means 'the happy one' in Navajo? This is a gorgeous 'golden hour' photo, Dick!!

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (27 Jun 2010):

    Love the capture Dick. The sun's glow with the tree in the foreground gives the image a great natural feel about it!

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (27 Jun 2010):

    I really like your "Golden Hour" shot like Susan said. I have actually seen some hotels that advertise "run by Americans" recently. I would think that the sign here would be a solid political statement in the West!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (27 Jun 2010):

    Richard! Awesome shot! I'm not sure what the message is meant to convey. I wonder, does he mean that he's not an "illegal alien"? Cool shot!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (27 Jun 2010):

    Aside from the deeper meaning,,,which I agree with,,this is an excellent , rich image,,love that sky

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire said (27 Jun 2010):

    Dick,I don't know if I would even have noticed the sign,but wonderful shot!!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (27 Jun 2010):

    It looks like an intriguing sign to tempt one to go inside the building:)...I remember your Apocalypse series you had posted earlier ...All very interesting..

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (28 Jun 2010):

    Terrific shot and intriguing too.. The way I read it is: when you support us, you are supporting local enterprise..

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (28 Jun 2010):

    What a nice image..... very nice composition. I hope you got to go in and explore....

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (28 Jun 2010):

    So much information in two words!! A great shot, and interpretation, Dick!

  • Dhanny P

    Dhanny P (Deleted) gave props (28 Jun 2010):

    Great Shot Richard. very ironic indeed

  • Paul Lavallee

    Paul Lavallee said (28 Jun 2010):

    I drove through Bluff on a few of my cross country road trips many years ago. Although I do not remember this sign, I do remember many Native American trinket stores that were not "Indian Owned".

    Ps. One of my favorite places on earth is nearby. Head west on US163 and then north on UT261: The Valley of the Gods.

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (28 Jun 2010):

    My guess is they are saying that to lend AAuthenticity to it. It's actually run by a guy named Miller who enslaves children to make "Indian" jewelery.

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (28 Jun 2010):

    Such a pretty capture Dick, I absolutely love the colours and the lighting.

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (28 Jun 2010):

    I am not sure what to think but I did spend some time in Bluff Utah a few years ago. Nice Photo DIck!

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (28 Jun 2010):

    A wonderful shot and indeed thought provoking...In an age when we outsource most all 'made' products to places like China that already own half of the U.S. it is not suprising, still sad but not suprising that Indian goods are being produced there as well...not much is made in the U.S anymore...REAL indian goods cost more...but are well worth it...'hand' made is becoming a thing of the past...people are being forced through harsh economic times to shop at Wal Mart and such places...it is a sad commentary on our culture..a statement of the effects of greed.. in Arizona I went to an 'Indian' smoke shop on a reservation foolishly thinking I could obtain some 'Real' tobacco...HA...I was mistaken..although it was perhaps Indian owned..they had no Indian products anywhere..so if one finds real indian products...buy some...support the peoples that we took this great land from...Dick..Thanks for a nice photograph and thought provoking words...and the chance to rant...Gracias..

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (30 Jun 2010):

    I thought the word Indian had been replaced by Native American...unless you've come from India of course! Like Eskimo is now Inuit. Love the rustic feel about this place...with that shady tree overhanging the sign. A thought provoking image Richard.

  • Lise Utne

    Lise Utne gave props (1 Jul 2010):

    I especially like the way the post divides the frame in two...

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (4 Jul 2010):

    Killer compo.

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (5 Jul 2010):

    Wonderful light and composition..

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (5 Jul 2010):

    This is so cool, very nice.

  • Gail Anderson

    Gail Anderson gave props (8 Jul 2010):

    This area is on the list of places I haven't been, but must go... I love stopping in galleries such as this and taking in the beautiful handmade works. I usually don't care where something is made... I'll buy it and know that the person behind the counter is profiting by my purchase, even if it means they have a job tomorrow because i bought a coffee cup made in China. Hard times for lots of folks...

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight said (14 Jul 2010):

    Thanks everyone, for your very nice remarks. I will be passing through Bluff in just four weeks, and I plan to stop there.

  • Sarah Dudley

    Sarah Dudley gave props (21 Jul 2010):

    Super find.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (22 Sep 2010):

    Ironic shot!!!

  • Roxana Brivent-Barnes

    Roxana Brivent-Barnes said (13 Dec 2010):

    Sad but true, perfect composition!

  • Franklin

    Franklin said (23 Mar 2011):

    I like the composition on this one. Th emphasis on the sign in the foreground is perfect. This has a rustic feel.

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