The Ancient Native American Southwest

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The panoramas in this collection cover just a few of the many sites in the American Southwest where Native American communities thrived many hundreds of years ago. The remains of their skillfully engineered pueblos and cliff dwellings, many of which are over a thousand years old, offer testimony to the expertise of the builders and the sophistication of the vibrant cultures they were part of.

Click on the images below to bring up the first panorama for the location and then click on that panoramaís hot spots to view additional content. For some locations, clicking on the image below brings up an intermediate map with hotspots for accessing the locationís panoramas.

When viewing and visiting these fascinating sites, please keep in mind that these locations hold great spiritual significance to many present day Native Americans and should be treated with the utmost respect.

 

Ancestral Puebloan Culture

You can learn more about the Ancestral Puebloan culture on Wikipedia.

 

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Aztec Ruins National Monument

Aztec, New Mexico

4 panoramas

You can learn more by visiting the Monumentís website or Wikipedia.

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Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Chinle, Arizona

10 panoramas

You can learn more by visiting the Monumentís website or Wikipedia.

Chaco Culture National Historical Park

New Mexico

4 panoramas, one map, and one sign (more coming)

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Chaco Culture National Historical Park preserves and protects what was a major cultural center of the Ancestral Puebloan peoples a thousand years ago. Multiple ancient building complexes line the canyon. You can learn more by visiting the parkís website or Wikipedia. To view the structures from above, click on the panoramaís map icon and zoom in on the satellite view.

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Coronado State Monument

Bernalillo, New Mexico

1 panorama

You can learn more by visiting the parkís website or Wikipedia.

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Homolovi State Park

Winslow, Arizona

1 panorama

You can learn more by visiting the parkís website or Wikipedia.

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Petroglyph National Monument

Albuquerque, New Mexico

1 panorama

You can learn more by visiting the Monumentís website or Wikipedia.

 

 

 

Sinagua Culture

You can learn more about the Sinagua culture on Wikipedia.

 

 

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Montezumaís Castle National Monument

Camp Verde, Arizona

1 panorama

You can learn more by visiting the Monumentís website or Wikipedia.

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Montezumaís Well

Camp Verde, Arizona

1 panorama

You can learn more by visiting the Monumentís website or Wikipedia.

 

 

Hohokam Culture

You can learn more about the Hohokam culture on Wikipedia.

 

 

 

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Casa Grande National Monument

Coolidge, Arizona

7 panoramas

You can learn more by visiting the Monumentís website or Wikipedia.

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Pueblo Grande Museum and Cultural Park

Phoenix, Arizona

6 panoramas

You can learn more by visiting the parkís website or Wikipedia.

 

 

 

Salado Culture

You can learn more about the Salado culture on Wikipedia.

 

 

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Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Park and Museum

Globe, Arizona

4 panoramas

You can learn more by visiting the parkís website or Wikipedia.

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Tonto National Monument

Globe, Arizona

4 panoramas

You can learn more by visiting the Monumentís website or Wikipedia.

 

 

 

 

Other Cultures

 

 

 

 

The Blythe Intaglios

Blythe, California

2 panoramas, 2 signs

The Blythe intaglios are huge figures that were scraped into the desert surface by Native Americans hundreds, perhaps even thousands, of years ago. You can learn more about them on Wikipedia. Note: to view the figures from above, click on the panoramaís map icon and then zoom in on the satellite image until the figures become visible. Also, be sure to read the two informational signs at the second intaglio.

 

Recommended Reading

 

 

 

A.D. 1250, Ancient Peoples of the Southwest

By Lawrence W. Cheek

Published by Arizona Highways, 1994

 

1491: New Revelations of the Americas Before Columbus

by Charles C. Mann

Published by Alfred A. Knopf, 2005