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Bryce Canyon National Park, in southwestern Utah, is characterized by hundreds of rock formations called "hoodoos". Hoodoos are columns of eccentrically shaped rock, produced by differential weathering. Geologists estimate that the hoodoos of Bryce Canyon were formed about 60 million years ago.

The Paiute Indians have a more fanciful explanation regarding the hoodoos. According to Paiute mythology, before there were any Indians, the Legend People lived in Bryce Canyon. For some reason the Legend People were bad. Because they were bad, they were turned into stone, where they can be seen to this day. Some are standing in rows, some sitting down, and some holding onto others. You can still see their faces, with paint on them just as they were before they became rocks. This story became famous in 1936, when a Paiute elder nicknamed Indian Dick retold the legend to a park naturalist. The legend is displayed today in the Bryce Canyon Visitor Center.

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