Tuzigoot: American Indian Site


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Tuzigoot, Native American Indian village near Cottonwood AZ.

Barely seen or noticed from the highway, The ancient pueblo lies at the top of an ancient desert hilltop. Within it’s confines, lies the remains of an ancient civilization, the Sinagua Indians.

Tuzigoot is the remnants of one of the largest pueblos built by the Sinagua. Tuzigoot, an Apache word meaning “crooked water,” was built between 1100 and 1450 AD and consisted of two stories and 110 rooms.

The Sinagua, were an ancient tribe of farmers and artists who had trade connections that spanned for hundreds of miles, they lived in the Verde Valley  neat present day Cottonwood and Sedona Arizona.

They farmed the land and fished the Verde River for many generations and didn’t know modern farming techniques. Without proper soil fertilization the soil became depleted and the fish were gone, after a time they moved on, leaving no visible trade of where they went.

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Many believe they went to the Four Corners Area, the area where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah join. 

Gary has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, while studying native cultures.

His travels have taken him to most of the United States, as well as Australia, Belize, Egypt and the Canary Islands.

He has studied the Mayan culture of Central America and the aborigines of

Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has observed that many of the forgotten cultures had spiritual beliefs that were stronger than ours in modern times.

In technology, we have made advances far superior to those that came before us, but, we have lagged behind in gaining or maintaining our spiritual knowledge.

For us to advance as the human race, we need to combine the spiritual knowledge of those that came before us, not only that of the ancients but the knowledge of our direct ancestors as well, with the technical knowledge we have today for us to propel into the twenty-first century and beyond.

He has published several books about his adventures.

For more information, please consult his website,www.journeysthrulife.com.



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