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Mesa Verde National Park in Montezuma County, Colorado — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Ties that Bind

 
 
Ties that Bind Marker image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 10, 2020
1. Ties that Bind Marker
Inscription.  Although silent today, Cliff Palace is a reflective reminder of a people who settled among these cliffs, canyons, and mesa tops for a time, and then migrated to establish new communities and neighborhoods further south. Here, for 700 years, they passed their skills, traditions, artistry, and knowledge from generation to generation, forming the foundations of modern Pueblo culture. Through elaborate oral histories, most Pueblo people trace their ancestry back to the Four Corners region and occasionally return to honor their past, their ancestors, and their ancestral homeland.

With at least 150 rooms, Cliff Palace is an exceptionally large cliff dwelling. It was constructed in a very special location, surrounded by a vibrant, active community. Several features suggest it was an important gathering place, perhaps an administrative or governmental center for the Ancestral Pueblo society that centered around these canyons. The people who lived in the area were familiar with dozens of footpaths that led from village to village and to storage structures, farming areas, water sources, and public buildings that included Sun Temple and Cliff
The Cliff Palace image. Click for full size.
By Duane and Tracy Marsteller, July 10, 2020
2. The Cliff Palace
Palace.

"Even though we physically moved away, the spirits of my (our) ancestors are still here. If you stop for a minute and listen, you can hear the children laughing and the women talking. You can hear the dogs barking and the turkeys gobbling. You can hear and feel the beat of the drums and the singing. You can smell the cooking fires. You can feel their presence, their warmth, their sense of community."

— TJ Atsye, Laguna Pueblo
 
Erected by National Park Service.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: ArchitectureNative AmericansParks & Recreational Areas.
 
Location. 37° 9.918′ N, 108° 28.53′ W. Marker is in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado, in Montezuma County. Marker is on Mesa Top Loop, on the right. Marker located at Sun Temple pullout. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mesa Verde National Park CO 81330, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Cliff Dwelling Life (approx. 0.2 miles away); Oak Tree House (approx. 0.2 miles away); Years of Activity (approx. 0.2 miles away); Years of Change (approx. 0.2 miles away); Fire Temple (approx. 0.2 miles away); Split-Level History (approx. 0.2 miles away);
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Time of Transition (approx. 0.3 miles away); House of Many Windows (approx. half a mile away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mesa Verde National Park.
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on July 23, 2020. It was originally submitted on July 22, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 2 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on July 22, 2020, by Duane Marsteller of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page.
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