We strike the trail early to hike to Keet Seel ( Kawestima) and back. This is sunrise on the “stairs” amongst Tsegi Position and Keet Seel canyon.
We drove up to Navajo Countrywide Monument and camped Friday. Checked in for the Orientation, then hiked all around the Rim. On Saturday we dayhiked to Keet Seel – Kawestima. Then went to the Good quality Inn in Tuba Town. Drove dwelling Sunday. Excellent journey with excellent good friends.
Here is my triplog of the journey.
Exactly where the highway ends, the Ancestral Puebloan Wild West Prehistory Begins…
The prehistoric Puebloan Ancestors crafted Tsegi Section villages inside the pure sandstone alcoves of our canyons. The resilient Ancestral Puebloans paved the way for existing Indigenous American groups in the Southwest area. These villages, which date from Ad 1250 to 1300, thrill all who check out with unique architectural components this kind of as roof beams, masonary walls, rock artwork, and hand and foot retains.
Hundreds of years back, the ancestors of the Pueblo Indians lived distribute out among the valleys and plateaus of the area, hunting and accumulating wild plants and seeds, then migrating in other places as the seasons demanded. With the acquisition of domestic seeds for corn and other crops, they gradually became farmers, which permitted them to continue to be in a single location and construct everlasting shelters, at first pit residences.
As they farmed the plateau and bottomlands of these canyons, they crafted villages of separate stone residences, and sooner or later produced multi-storied pueblos under the pure shelter of cliff walls and overhangs. But following only a couple decades, they disappeared and abandoned these dwellings without end.
Pueblo cultures varied all over the Southwest. Archeologists use pottery type and decoration, as well as architecture, to divide the cultures of the area into 3 branches: the Chaco, the Mesa Verde and the Kayenta Anasazi. Here among the Kayenta peoples, pottery types have been vivid and multi-colored. Their properties have been far more randomly grouped than those in other places, and their social firm was fewer official.
The Hopi, whose reservation is fifty miles to the south , are believed to be the descendants of the Kayenta Anasazi. The villages preserved at the monument are believed to be paths along the sacred migration route of the 8 Hopi clans. Hopi Tribal elders periodically check out the ruins at the Monument as sacred shrines.
The two premier villages listed here at the Monument are most effective recognised by the names supplied them by the Navajo, who arrived in the 1800s. Betatakin implies “ledge dwelling” Keet Seel is from an altered Navajo expression meaning “continues to be of sq. dwelling.” The Hopi also have names for these villages, Kawestima and Talastima. While the Navajo referred to the historic types as the Anasazi, the Hopi referred to as them the Hisatsinom
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