The Ute people are the oldest residents of Utah. The language of the Utes is Shoshonean, a dialect of the Uto-Aztecan language. The Utes settled around the lake areas of Utah, including Bear Lake. The Ute people lived in harmony with their environment. They traveled throughout Ute territory on familiar trails that crisscrossed the mountain ranges. They came to know not only the terrain but the plants and animals that inhabited the land. The Utes developed a unique relationship with the environment learning to give and take from Mother Earth.