Feast or Famine? Document M
Title: Population of Gila Hot Springs
Author: Anita Deming
Background: Anita Deming is a National Park Volunteer and has been a resident in the Gila Hot Springs community since 1996.
Q: How many people live in Gila Hot Springs?
A: I have been told that there are 12 people that live here year round. That number seems low to me because I see quite a few houses around plus all of the park service who live here. I would say less than 50 people total.
Deming, Anita. Interview by Arren Swift. 07 Jul 2011. Print. 29 Jul 2011.
Did You Know?
The ancient Puebloans of the Mogollon area used native plants for food, medicines, clothing and tools. The yucca plant was very useful. Yucca fibers were made into twine, nets, baskets, even paint brushes. These sandals, made from yucca, are in the Visitor Center Museum at the Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument.