• View of Square Tower House, seen along the Mesa Top Loop

    Mesa Verde

    National Park Colorado

Artifact Gallery -- Sandal

Woven 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.

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Did You Know?

View of mesas

The Ancestral Puebloans inhabited Mesa Verde for more than 700 years (550 A.D. to 1300 A.D.), but for the first six centuries, they primarily lived on the mesa tops. It was not until the final 75 to 100 years that they constructed and lived in the cliff dwellings for which Mesa Verde is known.