Petroglyphs At Sun's Eye
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A few months back ,I journeyed up to Monument Valley with good friends George, Jim, and several others. We had arranged a guided tour and this was one of the awesome spots, our guide Ray Begay, took us to! The Petroglyphs came from the era of the Anasazi Indians who roamed Arizona, and Utah until they disappeared in mystery .The Anasazi Indians, also known as the ancient people are the ones that historians and researchers give credit to for the fascinating cliff pueblos found throughout the Four Corners area of what is now Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. The name Anasazi comes from the Navajo Indians and loosely translates to mean enemy ancestors. The Hopi Indians of today lay claim that the Ansazi Indians were their ancestors.
It was during the time period that Christ was born that the Anasazi Indians appeared in the Four Corners area. For the over a thousand years afterwards, the Anasazi thrived and built their homes into the side of cliffs, hence the famous cliff dwellings you might think of today. These cliff dwellings could only be reached by climbing and made for a great defense system against traveling Indian tribesHow the Anasazi Indians lived and what they left behind has really defined the American Southwest today. For instance, when someone says that they are going to decorate in a southwestern theme, many elements like sandstone, colorful pottery and woven baskets are incorporated. Some of the pottery designs that the Anasazi Indians created are being duplicated and displayed today.
Eventually, the Anasazi Indians left the cliff dwellings. No one truly knows why, but there is much speculation that the Anasazi left due to changing climates that shortened the crop growing season. There are also educated guesses about nomadic tribes increased presence in the area prompted them to move. No matter what the reason is, the Anasazi Indians have piqued the curiosity of countless researchers. A lot has been learned about this tribe, but there are many mysteries remaining.
July 8th, 2019
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