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of sign - New Mexico Route 4 near White Rock, New Mexico
taken- July 2008
are synonymous with and born of the earth, so we are made of the
same stuff as our houses...We built them, tasted them,
with them, climbed on them, lived with them, and watched them
die...The entire community was the house.
Rena Swentzell, Santa Clara Pueblo writer and architectural historian
trail beginning here follows centuries-old paths through an area
where ancestral Pueblo people lived seven hundred years ago.
tended their gardens and went about their daily lives surrounded by
expansive vistas of what are now known as the Jemez
the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and valleys resulting from the Rio
to Pueblo traditions, the people of Tsankawi (SAN-ka-WEE) spoke Tewa,
while those in Frijoles Canyon in the main
of section of Bandelier National Monument, spoke Keres. While their
languages were different, their religious beliefs,
and worldview were similar. Even today, active pueblos - San
Ildefonso, Cochiti, and others - retain strong social and
ties with these two cultural sites.
1.5 mile loop trail takes you to the mesa top and returns along the
edge of the mesa, where you'll see cave rooms and
Here you can walk in the steps of ancestral Pueblo people; a
centuries-old path leads to the mesa top. Petroglyphs -
suggest clues to life centuries ago. The meanings known by
present day pueblos make petroglyphs cultural treasures,
Know Before You Go
This area closes at dusk.
and bicycles are not permitted.
plenty of water.
on maintained trails at all times and keep children close to you.
This trail involves three ladders, sharp drop-offs, and
over and around rocks.
valuables with you and lock your car.
everything, including plants, rocks, artifacts, and petroglyphs as
you find them for others to enjoy. Observe wildlife from a
is no lightning-safe shelter along the trail. Leave the area
immediately if lightning threatens.
to Tsankawi: 1 hour, .75 mile each way, 150 foot elevation change
on the Sign:
addition to the text there are inset pictures of the trails and
petroglyphs and a three dimensional picture of the trail.
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