Preserving Cultural Resources
Yellowstone National Park’s mission includes preserving and interpreting evidence of past human activity through archeology and historic preservation; features that are integral to how a group of people identifies itself (ethnographic resources); and places associated with a significant event, activity, person or group of people that provide a sense of place and identity (historic buildings, roads, and cultural landscapes). All of these materials and places tell the story of people in Yellowstone. Collectively, they are referred to as cultural resources.
Archeological resources are the primary and often only source about humans in Yellowstone.
Many tribes have a traditional connection to the land and resources of Yellowstone.
In addition to objects, the parks' historical resources include dozens of sites, cultural landscapes, and structures.
Last updated: August 1, 2017