Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
The Power to Symbolize
As a living ancestral homeland to the Hopi, Zuni, Yavapai, Havasupai, Navajo, Western Apache, and Southern Paiute, Sunset Crater is remembered, revered, and cared for.
People return often, bringing prayers and engaging in timeless traditions. Through the land, the past comes into the present, stories are recalled and values are evoked.
Hopi people believe that their ancestors' spirits, the Katsinas, travel from the San Francisco Peaks to the Hopi villages and back each year via Palatsmo (Sunset Crater) and Bonito Park. Some deities reside in the immediate area.
The Pueblo of Zuni considers Sunset Crater part of a much larger sacred landscape which continues to be important for plant and mineral collection. Pilgrimages have taken place in historic times.
The Navajo people believe the cinder cones surrounding Dook'o'oostiid (San Francisco Peaks), including Dzíl k'ídzítsooí (Sunset Crater), are the guardians or protectors of Dook'o'oostiid. Within these sacred mountains reside Navajo deities honored every day by offerings.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 35° 21.777′ N, 111° 31.004′ W. Marker is in Sunset Crater Volcano National Click for map. Marker is along the Lava Flow Trail. Marker is in this post office area: Flagstaff AZ 86004, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 12 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. As Powerful as a Volcano (within shouting distance of this marker); Life and Landscape Transformed (within shouting distance of this marker); Changes to Come (within shouting distance of this marker); The Birth of a Mountain (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); "The Peaks" (approx. 2.3 miles away); Geological Infant (approx. 2.3 miles away); Bushmaster Park (approx. 11.2 miles away); Buffalo Park (approx. 12 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument.
Also see . . .
1. Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument. (Submitted on April 13, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
2. San Francisco Peaks Sacred Land. (Submitted on April 13, 2011, by William Fischer, Jr. of Fort Scott, Kansas.)
Categories. • Environment • Native Americans •
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