Monday, August 24, 2009

Gila Cliff Dwellings -Drying tower for skins, food?

This tower like structure had a chimney outlet above and a place to feed a fire below, and with a glistening rock surface below, it is thought much was processed to take care of the people here. Testing done on the glistening rocks recently revealed a lot of urea, likely from animal urine, which is part of a traditional processing to make hides soft. Many have surmised that the people living here in 1270-90 were able to dry game, corn as well as hides here. So grateful to have been able to experience the energy of what appears to have been a crossroads for indigenous peoples here.

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