Scenic USA - Arizona
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Points of Interest
|Photos by Rob Jones
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Basketmakers have been placed in America’s southwest as early as 1500 B.C. Over time, these nomadic hunters learned to grow squash, corn and beans, eventually settling into pit houses and rock shelters. Named for their basket making skills, some baskets were covered with clay and baked to make waterproof vessels. Today, we find the Hopi still making these traditional baskets for utilitarian and ceremonial purpose. One may notice slight variations in modern basket making techniques, however Hopi basketry hasn't strayed far from ancient styles and patterns. Covering an area of modern day Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico, a large assortment of remnants remain of these early cultures. Basketmakers were either replaced or absorbed by later ancestral Pueblo people, but evidence of their pottery, dwellings, granaries and rock art is found throughout the southwest.
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