Artifact Gallery -- Sandal
Sandals woven from yucca fiber were typical footwear of the Mesa Verde people. Yucca fibers were boiled or soaked and then pounded to expose the inner fibers. These fibers were also used to produce rope, snares, mats, baskets, belts, and much more.
Yucca plants were also used as a food source (their large green fruits can be eaten raw, boiled, or roasted) and as a source of soap or shampoo (made from the roots). Some people call the Yucca plant “the convenience store of the Southwest.” It is your one-stop shop for many important supplies. For a Yucca Flower Soup recipe, see the book American Indian Food & Lore: 150 Authentic Recipes.
Did You Know?
Contrary to popular belief, the Ancestral Puebloan people of Mesa Verde did not disappear. They migrated south to New Mexico and Arizona, and became today’s modern pueblo people.