Blanding in San Juan County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Hovenweep National Monument
Established as a National Monument in 1923, Hovenweep preserves what archeologists consider to be the finest examples of ancestral Puebloan masonry found anywhere. Whether multi-story towers standing alone along canyon rims, or ingeniously engineered structures perched on massive boulders and ledges within the canyons, these ruins evoke feelings of wonder at the motivations and resourcefulness of their builders.
I think that Hovenweep is the most symbolic of places in the Southwest…Hovenweep give me a feeling similar to what I feel when I’m participating in ceremonies which require a tacit recognition of realities other than the blatantly visual. During those times I know the nature and energy of the bear, of rock, of the clouds, of the water. I become aware of energies outside myself, outside the human context. At Hovenweep, I slide into a place and begin to know the flowing, warm sandstone
Rina Swentzell, Pueblo Indian scholar, Santa Clara.
Erected by National Park Service-United States Department of the Interior.
Location. 37° 23.022′ N, 109° 4.326′ W. Marker is in Blanding, Utah, in San Juan County. Marker is on Hovenweep Campground Road. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Blanding UT 84511, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 1 other marker is within walking distance of this marker. The Square Tower Group (here, next to this marker).
Categories. • Anthropology • Native Americans • Notable Places •
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