11 Most Endangered Historic Places
Kw'st'an Sacred Sites at Indian Pass
Year Listed: 2002
For thousands of years, Native Americans from the Quechan Tribe have come on spiritual pilgrimages to a sacred place near the lower Colorado River in Imperial County, California. In religious ceremonies known as Keruk, the Quechan cremate their dead and assist in bringing them to the next world. Among the artifacts left behind are pottery shards, petroglyphs and ancient rock sculptures lying untouched in the sand. A land of serene beauty, the isolated and rocky section of desert known as Indian Pass is an integral part of the Quechan cultural tradition.