Tsankawi is located on the Pajarito (pa-ha-REE-toe, little bird in Spanish) Plateau, a place of canyons and mesas. The area receives minimal precipitation (about 15”/yr) mostly in the form of snowfall and late-summer afternoon thunderstorms. Periods of drought are common. To survive here the Ancestral Pueblo people had to rely on dry farming techniques and native plant uses. Today limited water resources still impact the daily lives of all inhabitants of the Pajarito Plateau.