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Sabino Canyon Hohokam Ruins   1 comment

Since 2011, I have been a volunteer naturalist at the Sabino Canyon Recreation Area
northeast of Tucson. The Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) have
partnered with the Santa Catalina Ranger District of Coronado National Forest to
offer educational programs for children and adults for more than 35 years.

Hohokam Site-4981-72Sabino Canyon North of the Hohokam Ruins

SCVN focuses on conservation, field trip programs for children k-6, nature walks,
guided hikes, and demonstrations designed to help the public learn about nature.
One of the most popular Elementary School field trip programs teaches children
about the Hohokam people who lived in the Tucson basin hundreds of
years ago. (“Back To The Past”)

Hohokum Site-72The Clay Remains Of A Hohokam Adobe Structure

The Hohokam organized villages constructing pithouses, sunken earthen, and
adobe structures with pounded floors and thatch roofs. To provide children at least
a basic understanding of the Hohokam, our naturalist training includes
presentations from anthropologists such as Drs. Paul and Suzanne Fish, who have
written on the “Hohokam Millennium.”

Hohokum Site-11-72Larry Conyers Hiking Down To The Sabino Canyon Hohokam Ruins

As a member of SCVN, I have been provided just enough information “to be
dangerous.” So, one day when I was having a conversation with my neighbor and
anthropologist Larry Conyers, he asked me if I knew of the Hohokam ruins south of
Sabino Canyon Recreation Area near the old Fenster Boarding School. Maybe I had
been told about ruins, but when asked, I had no recollection.

Hohokum Site-10-72The Fenster Boarding School In The Distance On The Right

Larry told me he was familiar with the ruins site, having had a Masters’s Degree
student (Daniel Shereff ), who had done a thesis  (Hohokam Population Dynamics:
Settlement Organization and Migration at the Sabino Canyon Ruin Site, Arizona
) about the site. 

Hohokum Site-9-72Larry Conyers Exploring The Ruins Site

We agreed on a day and time we would go to Sabino Canyon Recreation Area,
walk the Bear Canyon Trail before crossing the fenceline of the southern Canyon boundary.

Hohokum Site-4-72Pieces of Pottery Placed On Nearby Stones

Larry and I spent a little over two hours in the ruins site, so this posting is only
meant to be a “snapshot” of what we experienced. The body of the posting content
contains links to additional anthropological information on the Sabino Canyon Ruins.

Sabino Canyon Hohokam Ruin Video

Photos and Video by kenne

Related Site: Old Pueblo Archaeology Center

 

 

 

A Beautiful Morning In Sabino Canyon   Leave a comment

Bear Canyon Trail-72.jpgBear Canyon Trail In Sabino Canyon Recreational Area — Image by kenne

We spent this morning teaching 2nd-grade students how the Hohokam peoples of southern Arizona lived hundreds of years ago. The Hohokam left much evidence of their presence in Sabino Canyon, which was not only their home but also the source of food, clothing, and shelter materials. Over the years, the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) have developed activities, Back to the Past (BTTP), geared toward explaining the Hohokam and how they existed in the Sonoran Desert.

Today was such a beautiful fall day in Sabino Canyon, I had to share at least one image taken on our walk back to the Visitor Center.

— kenne

Could I but speak your tongue
      I would sing of pastel colored cliffs
      Where, under sapphire skies,
      The raincloud gently drifts.
      Of wondrous sunlit valleys wide,
      Timeless home of your clan — your tribe.
Could I but speak your tongue
      I would sing a prayer that in future days
      You would ever honor your ancient ways,
      And that the Gods of health and peace
      In their boundless blessings, never cease,
      To be generous to these children here below,
      These children of the Desert.

— C. J. Colby, “Song to the Indian,” Arizona Highways, August 1973

 

 

Red-tail Hawk Silhouette   2 comments

Red-tail Hawk-Edit-3-1-72.jpgRed-tail Hawk Silhouette — iPhone 6 Image by kenne

Yesterday I was walking into Sabino Canyon to teach 1st-grade students how the Hohokam lived in the canyon and the Tucson basin hundreds of years ago when a friend spotted a red-tail hawk atop a tall saguaro cactus. Sadly, I didn’t have my Nikon camera with me, so I made use of my iPhone to capture an image. Not what I would like to capture, but it’s better than not getting an image at all.

— kenne

Corner of N Main And Washington Street, Tucson, Arizona   Leave a comment

Main Avenue (1 of 1) blog framedCorner of N Main And Washington Street, Tucson, Arizona — Image by kenne

El Presidio

The Hohokam were there first

Always a landmark.

— kenne

La Milagrosa Ridge Trail Pictographs   3 comments

Hohokam Art (Pictographs) blogFaded Pictographs — Image by kenne

Weather has taken its toll on the these pictographs near a the La Milagrosa Ridge trail in the southeastern foothills of the Santa Catalina mountains. This rock art was most likely created by the Hohokam, those who have before the current Pima people of the Sonoran Desert.

kenne

Pictographs

Mayan pictographs 
count down the centuries,
count down the solar years,
count down the lunar months,
the risings of Venus,
the days until the end.     

And then…
the calender resets

 — Claire Rosilda

Hiking Pima Canyon, October, 2012   14 comments

Hiking Pima Canyon, October, 2012 — Images by kenne

The SCVN hiking group hiked Pima Canyon last week. This is a beautiful canyon in the Santa Catalina Mountains and provides for a moderate hike up to several dams. This time of year the conditions are very dry, even more so this year.

The trail head is in the western Catalina Foothills near Pusch Ridge. The canyon is a desert riparian habitat, which also makes it good for birdwatching.

There are several Hohokam  grinding (mortar) holes located near the stream that probably flowed more freely hundreds of years ago when the Hohokam Indians were common to the Sonoran Desert. The Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists share information and show children grinding holes in their program, “Back To The Past.” The gallery of photos below contain some images of grinding holes — click on any of the thumbnails for a larger view of the Pima Canyon images.

kenne

The First Masters Of The Sonoran Desert — Hohoham   Leave a comment

One of the programs the Sabino Canyon Volunteer Naturalists (SCVN) offer elementary school children is title, “Back To The Past.” The program centers on the early people of southern Arizona — the Hohoham.  There are several archeological sites in the Hohokam in the Tucson area, some which we have visited. However, the best know site is the Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, which preserves remains of the Hohokam-era farming community. Since becoming an SCVN member, I have been very interested in visiting the preserved remains of  a Hohokam village at Casa Grande. Joy and I were finally able to visit the Casa Grande Ruins last Friday.

kenne

Images by kenne

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