The Zuni have lived in the southwest for thousands of years; home is now in New Mexico. They consider the Tsegi/Lenaytupqa Canyon region an essential part of their traditions. It is known as the "northern canyons," from which several of their clans originated. The Zuni traveled through this area on their way to Grand Canyon to mine salt. Betatakin/Talastima is celebrated in Zuni songs, traditions, and lives.
Did You Know?
Most pueblo villages in Tsegi canyon were built in the canyon bottoms or on the mesa tops. Over the past seven centuries wind, rain, and snow has reduced them to piles of rubble. Most of the cliff pueblos survive because they were built in alcoves.