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August 5, 2005 with Jeff Rense from Ute Mountain Indian Reservation, Towaoc, Colorado



Hovenweep Ruins
AD 1200
Utah/Colorado Border
   

Paleoindians walked across Hovenweep land some 11,000 years ago as they hunted mammoths and large bison. In about AD 400, the Puebloans farmers arrived in the valley. They were the ancestors of the modern Hopi and the modern Zuni of the Little Colorado River basin and Puebloans communities of the Rio Grande basin east of the San Juan. The desert lands filled with sage were once fertile fields where crops such as corn and squash grew.

According to Joe S. Sando, Pueblo Indian scholar from Jemez Pueblo, "The systematic raising of corn led to the shaping of Pueblo religion, with rituals and prayers for rain and other conditions favorable to crops. The need to know the proper time for planting, cultivating, and harvesting led to developments in astronomical observation. They studied the behavior of the sun, the moon, clouds, the wind, and the vernal equinox."

   


Mesa Verde Ruins
AD 1200
   

From approximately A.D. 600 through A.D. 1300 people lived and flourished in communities throughout the area, eventually building elaborate stone villages in the sheltered alcoves of the canyon walls. Today most people call these sheltered villages "cliff dwellings". The cliff dwellings represent the last 75 to 100 years of occupation at Mesa Verde. In the late 1200s within the span of one or two generations, they left their homes and moved away.

The photo on the left is Cliff Palace and is the largest cliff dwelling in North America. Often visitors to the park look at the size of these doorways and wonder about the size of the people who once lived here. An average man was about 5'4" to 5'5" tall, while an average woman was 5' to 5'1". If you compare them with European people of the same time period, they would have been about the same size. Compared with today, the Anasazi's average life span was relatively short, due, in part, to the high infant mortality rate. Most people lived an average of 32-34 years, however some people did live into their 50s and 60s. Approximately 50% of the children died before they reached the age of 5.

   


Gettysburg Battlefield Military Park
July 1 - 3, 1863
   

Located 50 miles northwest of Baltimore, the small town of Gettysburg, Pennsylvania was the site of the largest battle ever waged during the American Civil War. Fought in the first three days of July 1863, the Battle of Gettysburg resulted in a hallmark victory for the Union "Army of the Potomac" and successfully ended the second invasion of the North by General Robert E. Lee's "Army of Northern Virginia." It was also the bloodiest single battle of the war, resulting in over 51,000 soldiers killed, wounded, captured or missing.

   


BooBoo Speaks
   
Webber Cemetery
   

Manresa Castle
Port Townsend, WA

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Big Boulder Creek mining camp , WA
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