Huh. Well, this is interesting. Paul and I had a chance to talk to some of the nice and wonderful folks at the American West Center up on campus. We wanted to know more about the history of these cave paintings and what they were used for and also the different styles of are used by Native American people.
We learned that the Ute tribes and the Navajo tribes really don’t get a long. There is some political disputes among them and the we must be careful not to cross the two cultures. Most of the Indian are that is out there is/was produced by the Navajos mainly because there are just more of them. They are also very particular about who can use their stuff. Where as the Utes are more known for their beaded bags and elaborate cloths are more open to the idea of others using their culture. These are, of course, generalities, and we plan on talking to the Utes once we have a more concrete game to show them.
The last thing we want to do is to offend anybody. Which, brings me to my next point. We learned that most of the cave paintings that one see around the state were actually done by the Freemont nation, an ancient Indian tribe that we really don’t know much about. No one claims the hieroglyphs and no one really knows what they are about. So, what we’re now thinking is, we can use those as the art style and come up with our own stories and adventure game ideas and not have to worry about offending anyone. We will select some stories from the Ute culture and inform the player that this is a Ute story done in the style of ancient cave paintings.
There’s a lot to think about and consider in this project. Let’s just hope we can make it fun!