“Of mosques, Mount Rushmore and DIA”
September 6, 2010
In an article that originally appeared in Indian Country, Simon Moya-Smith makes a connection to the Ground Zero mosque
Albeit, if the voices of protest aren’t speaking loudly enough, the spirits most certainly are. Pass through any one of the concourses at DIA — especially Terminal A — and one will detect the subtle, familiar sounds of American Indian flute. The high harmonies play on a continual loop, serenading frequent fliers from camouflaged speakers behind glass cases displaying old Indian trinkets and blouses.
These flute tunes aren’t there to pay homage to the plains Indians who once inhabited the area. Nor do they play to create a “Welcome to the West” ambiance for airport patrons on layover to Seattle. No. The Indian flute plays to pause the pranks and creepy occurrences that sweep the facility.
During construction, innumerable unexplained phenomena occurred at DIA, and reportedly continue today 15 years after its unveiling. In the late 1990s, airport bigshots summoned Colorado American Indian elders to place blessings on the airport in a last-ditch effort to rest the restless spirits and mitigate the often frightening, recurring events airport staff were reporting on a consistent basis.
Read the full article here.