Mesa Verde National Park
Mesa Verde National Park is located in Colorado on a plateau that gives it its name, meaning “green plateau” in Spanish. Its area is more than 50 thousand acres, and besides its natural beauty, it also protects 5,000 archeological sites, including 600 cliff dwellings.
The Anasazi people and their descendants built these small villages and alcoves, the Pueblo people.
Mesa Verde National Park requires more than one publication, so this will be just an introduction because I am working on a documentary with more detailed information.
I visited the park in the company of my son. We both wanted to do this journey for many years, from when he was in elementary school. At that time, we began to read about the “Pueblo” civilization.
We spent hours learning about them and trying to imagine what life would be like in those years, and how they survived the harsh winters and the hot summers in the desert.
Visiting the park, we found many answers. We were surprised by their advanced culture, which allowed them not only to ensure their survival but also to dedicate time to domesticate animals, make tools, and developing the arts.
Inside the buildings, some walls were painted with mineral pigments of strong colors, and others were decorated with murals of geometric drawings. Ceramics with very beautiful designs have also been found.
I will be posting more information about this trip in the near future.