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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?
Also by Richard Knight
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