Tuzigoot: A Sinagua Remembrance

 

Written by: Gary Wonning

Lying in the middle of the Arizona high desert , is Tuzigoot, and ancient Sinaguan settlement. Built on a hill overlooking the Verde River Valley it was occupied several hundreds of years ago by the Sinagua Indians, an ancient tribe who lived here at the time.

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Tuzigoot

They were farmers and gatherers who after lived in this area after the Anasazi(The ancient ones) had gone before them. They lived in the area from 500 AD until 1400 AD , when they presumably left, possibly becoming the Hopi’s of northern Arizona. There is some validity to this, the Hopi believe they originally came from the Verde Valley when they left because of religious opposition from other tribes.

Also, contrary to popular belief, the American Indians weren’t avid environmentalists. They knew nothing of replenishing the soil , nor did they have the means to do so, as a result, after years of farming, the land would become depleted and they would move on to another location to continue farming and raising food for their families.

The photos we have all seen of them placing fish near the corn for fertilizer , would  help replenish the soil, but they would have to catch a lot of fish to provide enough nutrients to make a difference.

The abundance of land in this area provided resources for them for many years , if the land remained dormant for a given amount of years, it would replenish itself and once again be able to provide a fertile environment to once again grow crops.

Montezuma's Castle

Montezuma’s Castle

We lived in nearby Sedona for several years, hence I had the opportunity to visit several times. It always amazed me how they could built such a settlement with rocks from the neighboring land , creating a hilltop resort that overlooked such a beautiful vista.

Probably the last time I visited was during a visit my dad made to Sedona . As we stood atop the little village and overlooked the valley below us, I suddenly “saw” us working the fields below us as Sinagua indians. Members of our family today, as well as many of my parents present day friends were laboring in the fields.

Suddenly I realized what my parents mission in life had been.

Living in this environment , the tribe had depleted the soil.

Early in my life , my parents  bought an extremely run down farm. The land was so depleted that the first year dad planted corn, the yield was so parse, we barely harvested more seed than was planted .

Over the years, using mostly natural fertilization, the land was restored to a highly productive state, which it remains in even today.

They had fulfilled their karma, by buying a run down farm and replenishing the soil , the karmic debt had been paid from long ago. Not only did they pay off a karmic debt, they provided a wholesome environment to raise a family and instill good sound values in their offspring.

The author has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.journeysthrulife.com.

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Will Rogers, who died in a 1935 plane crash, was one of the
greatest political sages this country has ever known.


Some of his sayings: 


1.
 Never slap a man who’s chewing tobacco.

2. Never kick a cow chip on a hot day.

3. There are two theories to arguing with a woman.  Neither works.

4. Never miss a good chance to shut up.

5. Always drink upstream from the herd.

6. If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging.

7. The quickest way to double your money is to fold it and put it back into your pocket.

8. There are three kinds of men:

The ones that learn by reading.

The few who learn by observation.

The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence and find out for themselves.

9. Good judgment comes from experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.

10. If you’re riding ahead of the herd, take a look back every now and then to make sure it’s still there.

11. Lettin’ the cat outta the bag is a whole lot easier’n puttin’ it back.

12. After eating an entire bull, a mountain lion felt so good he started roaring.
He kept it up until a hunter came along and shot him.
The moral: When you’re full of bull, keep your mouth shut.


ABOUT GROWING OLDER…

First ~Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it. 

Second ~ The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.

Third ~ Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me; I want people to know ‘why’ I look this way.
I’ve traveled a long way, and some of the roads weren’t paved.
 

Fourth ~ When you are dissatisfied and would like to go back to youth, think of Algebra. 

Fifth ~ You know you are getting old when everything either dries up or leaks.

Sixth ~ I don’t know how I got over the hill without getting to the top. 

Seventh ~ One of the many things no one tells you about aging is that it’s such a nice change from being young. 

Eighth ~ One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been. 

Ninth ~ Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable. 

Tenth ~ Long ago, when men cursed and beat the ground with sticks, it was called witchcraft.
Today it’s called golf.
 

And, finally ~ If you don’t learn to laugh at trouble, you won’t have anything to laugh at when you’re old.

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The author has been a writer/photographer for over thirty years. Specializing in nature and landscape photography, as well as 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 as well as the aborigines of Australia. Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in various parts of the world.

He has published several books about his adventures.

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

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There is an extreme shortage of common sense in today’s world, When looking back in history, I soon discovered this has always been a problem, Benjamin Franklin once said, ”Of all the senses, common sense seems to be the one that is used the least.” As obvious as it may seem, many seem to be totally oblivious to it. Most, if not all of the problems the world faces today could be solved if people would just sit back and think about what would seem to be the most obvious and simple solution to any issue. Often times people tend to overcomplicate the issues. I often think back to what my parents and grandparents believed and said, at the time I thought they were totally out of their mind and ignored it. I now wish I would have listened and followed their advice. It is now evident they were a lot smarter than we gave them credit for. Many times, in today’s world, the schools and universities can no longer be counted on to teach truth and values that will guide someone through life.

 

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Bill Clinton in Horse Country

A man walked into a cowboy bar
and ordered a beer just as President Clinton appeared on the
television. After a few sips, he looked up at the television and
mumbled, “Now, there’s the biggest horse’s ass I’ve ever
seen.” A customer at the end of the bar quickly stood up,
walked over to him, and decked him.

A few minutes later, as the man was finishing his beer, Hillary
Clinton appeared on the television. “She’s a horse’s ass
too,” the man. This time, a customer at the other end of the
bar quickly stood up, walked over to him, and knocked him off his
stool. “Damn it!” the man said, climbing back up to the
bar. “This must be Clinton country!”

“Nope,” the bartender replied. “Horse country!”

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 Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

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A narrative about what life in The United States was in our golden era, and how it became what it is, and offering solutions to enable us to once again travel the path to freedom and self reliance.

 

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Like the earlier batch of Country Song Titles, I have no idea if these are real songs or not — but I wouldn’t be surprised if they were.

  • If My Nose Were Full of Nickels, I’d Blow It All On You
  • If You Leave Me, Can I Come Too?
  • Get Your Tongue Outta My Mouth ‘Cause I’m Kissing You Goodbye
  • I Flushed You From The Toilets Of My Heart
  • I Keep Forgettin’ I Forgot About You
  • I’m Just A Bug On The Windshield Of Life
  • If Love Were Oil, I’d Be A Quart Low
  • If You Don’t Leave Me Alone, I’ll Go And Find Someone Else Who Will
  • She Got The Gold Mine And I Got The Shaft
  • and…

  • Thank God (And Greyhound) She’s Gone
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    West Texas Lawman

    West Texas Lawman

    A young Texan grew up wanting to be a lawman. He grew up big –6’2″ — and strong as a longhorn and fast as a mustang. He could shoot a bottle cap tossed in the air at 40 paces. When he finally became of age he applied to the only place he had dreamed of working : the West Texas Sheriff’s Department.

    After a big mess of tests and interviews, the Chief Deputy finally called him into his office for the young man’s final interview.

    “You’re a big strong kid and you can really shoot,” the Chief Deputy says. “So far your qualifications all look good . But we have what you call an ‘attitude suitability test’ that you must take before you can be accepted.”

    “Yes, sir,” the boy replied.

    “We just don’t let anyone carry our badge, son.”

    “No, sir!” he answer.

    Then, sliding a service pistol and a box of ammo across the desk, the Chief says:

    “Take this pistol and go out and shoot:
    six illegal aliens,
    six lawyers,
    six meth dealers,
    six Muslim extremists,
    and a rabbit.”

    “A rabbit?” the kid replies. “Why the rabbit?”

    “Great attitude, son,” says the Chief Deputy, putting the pistol back in his drawer. “When can you start?”

     

     Gary has been a writer/ photographer for over 20 years, specializing in nature,landscapes and studying native cultures.Besides visiting most of the United States, he has traveled to such places as Egypt,the Canary Islands,much of the Caribbean. He has studied  the Mayan Cultures in Central America, and the Australian Aboriginal way of life.Photography has given him the opportunity to observe life in many different parts of the world!

     

    He has published several books about the various cultures he has observed.

     

    For more information and a link to his hard cover and Ebooks,and contact information: please check his website.www.commonsensejourneys.com

     

    Your comments appreciated


    alcohol

    In today’s world, many resort to abusing drugs and alcohol, why are so many becoming addicted and not only destroying their lives but the lives of others around them as well?

     

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    The Cowboy Code

    The Cowboy Code of Ethics

    1. A cowboy removes his hat when entering the presence of a lady,although he may leave it on if she works in a saloon.

    2. A cowboy says EXCUSE ME, MA’AM, when leaving a lady’s presence.

    3. A cowboy says PARDON ME, MA’AM, when bumping into a lady, or treading on her feet.

    4. A cowboy never sits, while a lady is standing, unless he feels particularly tired, or his feet hurt.

    5. A cowboy allows a lady to go through a doorway, first, especially if he thinks one of his enemies may try to shoot him in a cowardly ambush.She would provide good cover.

    6 . A cowboy does not spit on the floor, but if he does, he will point it out to the ladies so they will not drag their skirts through it.

    7. A cowboy never tracks horse poop into a lady’s house. He should leave his boots outside the door, unless his feet stink
    as bad as the horse poop, in which case, he should just go someplace else. Maybe the saloon, where the stench of horse poop is no worse than the stench of cow poop.

    8. A cowboy does not pick his nose at the table, unless it will help him breath better or eliminate a whistle that otherwise might become annoying to the ladies.

    9. A cowboy does not scratch his groin, his armpits, or suck on the ends of his mustache, when a lady is near.

    10. A cowboy does not swear or make reference to bodily functions, inthe presence of a lady.

    11. A cowboy must not sneeze at the table. If a strong need arises that cannot be resisted, he will turn his head away from the lady, so she won’t be sprayed and perhaps be struck by a stray booger.

    12. A cowboy does not noisily slurp his coffee in the presence of a lady. Instead, he should hold the saucer steady with both
    hands, tip it toward his mouth, and slurp silently.

    13. A cowboy does not fart in the presence of a lady… not even silently. If he does, it might stink, and she may smell it and possiblythink that he is not actually a gentleman.

    14. A cowboy will grasp a lady’s elbow to help her onto a horse or into a carriage. He should never, ever push on her derriere
    to give her a boost, because she might kick his teeth out, unless she works in the saloon.

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    Cowboy buys Insurance

    The Cowboy buys insurance

    The cowboy was trying to buy an insurance policy. The insurance agentwas going down the list of standard questions.

    “Ever have an accident?”

    “Nope, nary a one.”

    “None? You’ve never had any accidents.”

    “Nope. Ain’t never had one. Never.”

    “That’s hard to believe. No accidents at all?”

    “Well, rattler bit me one time.”

    “Wouldn’t you consider that an accident?”

    “Hell no. Damned varmint bit me on purpose.”

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