Saturday, October 17, 2009

Escalante Pueblo

Yesterday's photo was taken from the trail on my way to the Escalante Pueblo Ruins, built by Ancestral Pueblo Indians in A.D. 1129.



My daughter's class was able to go inside the dwelling with instruction from our guide, being careful not to touch any of the walls. The class also viewed a film in the Anasazi Heritage Center about respecting such places as this and leaving no trace.



This is a large kiva, a ceremonial room. If I had lifted the camera up just a bit, you would be able to see the mountains where I live way in the distance. We don't have to go far from Telluride to see something completely different and to be in a high desert.

11 comments:

B SQUARED said...

Nice to see them teaching respect for antiquities.

Dave-CostaRicaDailyPhoto.com said...

This is a good subject for a field trip. And sometimes school field trips have a way of educating parents as well.

Memphis MOJO said...

Nice series. There sure is a lot of subjects to shoot where you live -- or maybe, it's that you do a good job looking for it.

Tricia said...

These ruins were found by Telluride, Colorado? I had no idea! I didn't hear anything about it in the news & that's an IMPORTANT find! Instead of featuring Jon & Kate in the news every single solitary day, they could move to something that's actually INTERESTING, I don't know, something like ANCIENT RUINS found in our very own Colorado! Jeez!

Lisa Wilson said...

Tricia, this is at the Anasazi Heritage Center near Cortez, CO, only about 2 hours from Telluride. There are lots of ruins around this area, Mesa Verde National Park, Hovenweep and a few others. It's really cool!

Tricia said...

So they've been discovered for quite sometime?! Oh Ok! I thought the worst of the media... again! Sorry I jumped to conclusions! hehehe

Janie said...

Beautiful ruins, and so important for kids to see them and learn to respect them.

Jacob said...

The kids are very fortunate to have such a hands-on experience. And, like B Squared, said, it's nice to note that a respectful attitude is part of the lesson plan!

Hilda said...

Sounds like a fantastic educational tour — something that I'd enjoy too. The difference in terrain and climate from Telluride is amazing, especially considering how near it is.

bookbabie said...

My daughter would love to visit there, she's a shamman and very interested in Native American history:)

Lois said...

It's always amazing to me how people so long ago were able to build such strong structures using only their hands. The stones in those walls fit together so perfectly! Those are beautiful pictures Lisa.