Cliff Dwellers, Salado


The cliff dwelling Native Americans of the Southwest from the early centuries of the previous millennium are documented well enough to be part of our national consciousness.  But there is an extra buzz of walking into one of the cliff towns.  It is a town even though there were fewer than 70 people at the height of its population.

The studies of these dwellings go on all the time and our body of knowledge grows.  We know a lot about the size of their villages, what they ate, what skills they had.  There are speculations about their customs, about how they chose their sites, and why they abandoned them.

Legions of graduate students have spent centuries of people-hours excavating ruins, sorting through dump sites, and boring into mounds with soft-hair brushes.  None has come up with the most obvious reason for site selection.  I’d live there for the VIEW.



9 Responses to Cliff Dwellers, Salado

  1. cavenoid says:

    LIKE! (That’s what we say/do on Facebook.) I think I’ll post this on CWC!

  2. tanya grove says:

    I agree—what is there to wonder about?

  3. Colleen Rae says:

    Exactly…the VIEW. Breathtaking…

  4. karen wittgraf says:

    I climbed the cliff dwellings in New Mexico and felt a part of it all. Amazing community center at that one….society need, isn’t it? However, I would fear the bats in those cliff dwellings- and creatures of the night. The Native Americans didn’t have a choice. Beautiful view.

  5. MaryAnne says:

    Al, you’re as good with the camera as U are with the words/puter keys.
    Beautiful VIEW!

  6. Lisa says:

    Enjoyed this post & photos. Hope you make it to Motezuma’s well..one of my personal favorites and Montezuma’s castle

  7. Linda Brown says:

    Just where are you Al?

    • allevenson says:

      I am still at Roosevelt Lake, what a find. I’ve been in this peaceful, scenic spot for 11 days and having trouble finding a reason to leave. I expect I will move on to Payson soon and hangout in the Payson, Sedona, Flagstaff triangle for a few weeks.

  8. karen says:

    I second Montezuma’s Castle. I went there almost 50 years ago and it was still a vivid memory when I went again just a few years ago. There was a diarama, the memory of which haunted me all that time…with a small child about to fall off the edge and his mother running to (hopefully) catch him. After all those years the diarama was still there, the child still precarilously perched. It is a wonderful place aside from that as well. Truly beautiful

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