Monday, August 24, 2009
Gila Cliff Dwellings - Mogollon Peoples here - Transition of 1270-1290!
Reaching the protected cave dwellings we learned from a volunteer guide that a group, labeled by the archeologists a the Mogollon ("Muggy-own), were here only from 1270-90 according to the tree ring dating from the wood in the structures. Attempts have been made to link the droughts that affected the Anasazi and Hohokam to the north and west and how these people had likely an oasis here along the Gila River to sustain them in a good way. One of the chambers has a lot of soot, and there are visions that this was a ceremonial space for the people. I felt very much at home and safe here, even though this is a fair walk (180 ft climb) from the stream below. Grateful for the connection to the spirit of the ancestors here.