Charades -- Ancestral Puebloan Style
•Talk about Ancestral Puebloan communities surrounding Mesa Verde and discuss possible interaction among these communities, such as trade, marriage, socializing, etc. It is most probable that these communities did not share the same language. How do you think they communicated?
- Have students attempt to communicate through any other means than talking or writing (drawing is OK).
- Discuss how we communicate with others today and how we communicate with those who speak a different language. How has this changed since Ancestral Puebloans days?
- How successful do you think the Ancestral Puebloans were at communicating with one another? What evidence would support your answer?
- This is also a good activity in which to incorporate a discussion on petroglyphs and pictographs and perhaps have students make their own to illustrate a story or other information.