The Southern Sinegua who thrived at Montezuma’s Castle until 1400’s were surrounded by an abundance of resources. Near their dwelling and 100 feet below the cliff was water from Beaver Creek which they redirected by digging irrigation ditches throughout the fertile land alongside the waterway. There was also plenty of game to supplement their corn-based diet including deer, antelope, rabbit, duck and bear.
Montezuma’s Castle looms over the surrounding wooded countryside which is predominently towering sicamore trees in full fall colours.
Then one day, without explanation, the Southern Sinagua abandoned these cliffs and pueblos leaving behind a legacy of rich southwestern tribal culture.
Click below to get a glimpse of the Sinagua nation’s way of life in pre-historic America as told by this national park’s interpretive center:
May the warm winds of heaven blow softly upon your house.
May the Great Spirit bless all who enter there.
May your moccasins make happy tracks in many snows
And may the rainbow always touch your shoulder.
~Native American prayer blessing~