Homes of the Ancestral Pueblo people were not confined to Frijoles Canyon. These walls belong to the village of Tyuonyi (chew-OHN-yee). It is only one of several large pueblos located within Bandelier National Monument. Ancestral Pueblo people lived across the Pajarito Plateau and had cultural links with the people of Mesa Verde and Chaco Canyon. Certain building construction techniques suggest knowledge brought from those distant places.
One to two stories high, Tyuonyi contained about four hundred rooms and housed approximately 100 people. A central plaza contained three kivas. Access to the village was through a single ground-level opening.
Last updated: February 24, 2015