“The American Indian is of the soil, whether it be the region of forests, plains, pueblos, or mesas. He fits into the landscape, for the hand that fashioned the continent also fashioned the man for his surroundings. He once grew as naturally as the wild sunflowers, he belongs just as the buffalo belonged….” – Luther Standing Bear, Oglala Sioux Chief
The beauty of Luther's words warms the soul. I would love to feel the desert heat sinking into my bones, right now, instead of sub-zero temperatures. Last summer, we visited Tuzigoot National Monument in the parched landscape near Clarksdale, Arizona. Tuzigoot means crooked waters in Tonto Apache. The ruin site spans 110 rooms, in a pueblo overlooking the Verde Valley. The Sinagua people built Tuzigoot around 1125-1400 CE. Interesting fact: trapdoors and ladders were used to access many of the rooms. See the photo below. As always, make tracks!
“Being Indian is an attitude, a state of mind, a way of being in harmony with all things and all beings. It is allowing the heart to be the distributor of energy on this planet; to allow feelings and sensitivities to determine where energy goes; bringing aliveness up from the Earth and from the Sky, putting it in and giving it out from the heart.” – Brooke Medicine Eagle
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