Walnut Canyon National Monument in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
A Community Sharing the Land
This was a community of relatives and neighbors. Its members worked together to haul water, hunt animals, and gather plants. They likely assisted each other with large fields on the rims. They shared walls and resources, joy and sorrow, success and failure.
While cross-canyon dwellings may seem difficult to reach, a network of paths quickly closed the gaps. Close communication between households would have been common and necessary to a cooperative lifestyle.
At least five cliff dwellings are visible from here; not all are on the same level.
"Hopis build their houses close to each other to remind them that they are supposed to love each other. When a man decided to build a house...he gathered the materials provided by nature and drew from his reserve of good will (and that of his relatives) among his clan and friends, acquired from his own participation in such cooperative projects."
From Me and Mine: The Life Story of Helen Sekaquaptewa as told to Louise Udall. © 1969 The Arizona Board of Regents. Reprinted by permission of the University of Arizona Press.
Erected by National Park Service.
Location. 35° 10.143′ N, 111° 30.542′ W. Marker is in Walnut Canyon National Touch for map. Marker is along the Island Trail loop, only accessible from the visitor center. Marker is at or near this postal address: 3 Walnut Canyon Road, Flagstaff AZ 86004, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. What Happened Here? (within shouting distance of this marker); Departure (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Migration is not abandonment. (about 500 feet away); Problem Solving (about 500 feet away); An Efficient Design (about 500 feet away); The Quest for Water (about 500 feet away); The Perfect Shelter (about 500 feet away); A Days Work (about 600 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Walnut Canyon National Monument.
Also see . . . Walnut Canyon National Monument. (Submitted on November 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
Categories. • Communications • Environment • Man-Made Features • Native Americans •
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on November 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 371 times since then and 42 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on November 25, 2012, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.