Saturday, March 18, 2017
Patagonia celebrates Bears Ears National Monument with 360-degree interactive films
This is Bears Ears National Monument is powered by Google’s 360 technology. While anyone has the ability to view it through a web browser, the website is best experienced through a smartphone using a virtual reality headset like Google Cardboard. Through ten short films, users are able to look around and feel immersed as they listen to stories from Native American tribal leaders and outdoor athletes. The experience ends with a call-to-action to the new Interior Secretary, Ryan Zinke, to stand up for public lands. Anyone who visits the website has the ability to choose how they want to experience it by selecting either a cultural or sports aspect in whichever order they like. During some of the content, viewers explore walls of petroglyphs as they simultaneously learn from a Hopi archaeologist. Additionally, Navajo Elder Willie Grey Eyes tells stories of his ancestors as he journeys through a narrow canyon. For the adventurous, one video even has viewers climbing the North Six Shooter tower with Tommy Caldwell. Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard wrote an open letter to Utah Governor Gary Herbert earlier this year and in it, he demanded Herbert to stand up for public lands. After doing the opposite and signing a document asking President Trump to rescind the Bears Ears National Monument, Patagonia responded by boycotting Outdoor Retailer — a $40 million industry trade show — as long as it was in Utah. Days later, the Outdoor Industry Association followed and is now searching for a new home for the show.