I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.


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Saturday, April 18, 2009

Wupatki National Monument

The road to Wukoki Pueblo
Black cinders still blanket the ground for many miles surrounding Sunset Crater Volcano.

Wukoki Pueblo
Yet only shortly after the volcano went silent around 1100AD, people settled into the area building pueblos on the rocks and cultivating corn, beans and squash below in the ash enriched soil.

View NE from Wukoki Pueblo
What a curious place to build a farming community with hot, dry summers and limited water. In this area only a few seeps and springs existed with the Little Colorado River 5-10 miles away.

Wukoki Pueblo
Yet these people shaped their lives to the land. Using the red sandstone outcroppings as a base masons mortared together natural stone blocks as bricks to shelter their families.

Metate, stones for grinding corn
It’s believed that the women built and maintained the home, made pottery, gathered wild plants and prepared food while the men tended the crops, hunted and wove textiles.

Wupatki Pueblo
An open community room may have served for public ceremonies.

Nalakihu and Citadel Pueblos
High walls on the north and west sides help protect from prevailing winds. Terraced rooms to the south and east bathed in winter sun. Flat roofs caught water.

Box Canyon Dwellings
Rooms were added as the family grew.

Lomaki Pueblo
Pueblos dotted the rocky landscape. By 1190AD, as many as 2,000 people lived within a days walk of Wupatki Pueblo, probably one of the largest pueblos in the area.

Lomaki Pueblo
Archeologists are undecided who the people of Wupatki were. Yet the Hopi tell many stories about the migration of their clans.
San Francisco Peaks from Citadel Pueblo
“...for us life is shrouded in mystery and the world defies explanation...humans do not need to know everything there is to be known. The human past, we feel, is a universal past. No one can claim it, and no one can ever know it completely.”
--Rina Swentzell, Pueblo Santa Clara

Wupatki National Monument definitely captured my heart and spirit. The energy of the ancestors surrounds. Pause and listen to the wisdom of the soul.

I floated along on today’s journey through, yes Joan the Painted Desert, and Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument. I’ll post these when I get a chance because tomorrow I’m off to....Oh No, I lost my connection. LOL ;-)


Lisa Wilson said...

These are wonderful!! I'm so happy to see the place that I didn't have time to stop at on my drive through Flagstaff.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! Darn what a pity you lost your connection just when you were going to say where you were on your way to. LOL!! I did se it came back just long enough for you to add another sentance though but not the name...must have slipped your mind. LOL!! LOL!!

How curious indeed that they should build there with the river being so close. It makes one wonder as to reasons.

It must have been a tough life there in the inhospitable areas like this, but in the end, they did survive.

Another fantacic post Gaelyn and I can't wait to see those from ..... what did you say the name of the place was again where you are headed? LOL!! LOL!! Okay, I know it is not going to work, but I tried!!

Karen said...

Great photos, and a great story, as usual, but girl, you are such a tease!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Ancient monuments of quite advance architecture! What you've shown is brick structures nearly 1000 years old!

Anonymous said...

I don't think that Arizona has ever been super wet in the last few thousand years, but I get the sense that they received more water when they inhabited these settlements. At least enough to lead a life. The shift in climate over time could be why the settlements were abandoned. ?

Gaelyn, I think I have visited this place.

I look forward to your Escalante Grand Staircase photos.

Ruth said...

Wow! This place is so interesting. I would love to explore it. Thanks for the tour.

Anonymous said...

What lovely photographs! I really loved visiting different ruins. They all have such a great energy to them, but all different!

For some reason the grinding stones capture my interest a lot! Maybe in a past life I spent a lot of time using one. ;)

Diane C. said...

It does seem like a curious place to build a farming community. I'm sure it must be awesome to explore the ruins and imagine what life was like for people so long ago.

Quiet Paths said...

Whoa, are these ever gorgeous. You inspire me to visit this place soon!

Janie said...

Great photos of the ruins. I always love visiting such places and imagining how life was then. The energy and spirit of the ancients does seem to still be there.

Babooshka said...

So educational and the images just blow my socks off.

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