Nov 20, 2012

Pueblo People - Mesa Verde

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About 1,400 years ago, long before Europeans explored North America, a group of people lived in the Four Corners region. From A.D. 600 to 1300 Ancestral Pueblo people made this area their home. Then, in the late A.D. 1200s, in the span of a generation or two, they left their homes and moved away. Mesa Verde National Park has some of the most notable and best preserved archeological sites in the United States.
We had the chance to drive out to Mesa Verde National Park. It's a 2 hour drive from us - on the Colorado side. I was thrilled to have had the chance to visit this spectacular reminder of these ancient people. At the end of the day, when the effects of the elevation(8000 or so feet) and the visual data had finally registered into my psyche...it made for wonderous dreams. 

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60-90 Pueblo people lived in this cliff dwelling at one time.
Prior to the arrival of the Spanish in Pueblo territory in 1540, corn was a staple crop. Pueblo women would spend 6-8 hours a day grinding up yellow corn to make tortillas.

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It has been estimated that 25-35 thousand Pueblo people lived in this valley at its peak.
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16 comments:

  1. In my opinion, this is a great lesson for human kind. With what little one could be satisfied and even make a living. Thank you for this journey and great entry.
    Please have a good Wednesday.

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    1. I agree with you Robert. It is a lesson for human kind. Do you think we go camping for these reasons? Have a wonderful week! =)

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  2. Wonderful pics. What a mystery there is behind this place!

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    1. Hi RedPat! Thank you.=) What a mystery it is!

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  3. What an amazing place to visit and photograph, I'm glad to know you and Dori have been exploring new places!
    I like the first shot and how you composed the photo of the valley with the tree, well done Sandy! :)

    *OMG, I saw the pictures of the goodies again... :(

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    1. Hi Lúcia. Thank you. We are definitely enjoying this area.

      Okay...are you still on that diet? You better not be!hee hee ;)

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  4. Good pics along with an excellent short history! Fascinating as you discovered! The Anasazi people is still a mystery to the scholars of today!

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    1. Thank you Parker! I keep hearing and reading the mysteries behind these Anasazi people as well. Everyone around here has there theory... including me! ;) Have a nice week my friend.

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  5. Wow, that would be something to see. Thanks for sharing it.

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    1. Hi Randy! It was quite a sight and feeling. =)

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  6. Great photos Sandy. Thank you! I've always wanted to visit there but never seem to make it.

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    1. Hi Ron. I hear ya. That's a lot of places for me. =)

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