Who Was Here?

Descendants of the Hopi people who built these places are called Hisatsinom. Zuni, also pueblo builders, know that several of their clans began in this area. Later, San Juan Southern Paiute, famous for their baskets, moved into this area and lived near the cliff dwellings. Today, this place is surrounded by the Navajo Nation, as it has been for hundreds of years.

Multi-storied stone houses inside alcove.

Buildings cling to alcove floor inside Betatakin/Talastima.

Marc Steuben

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