"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

Dr. Adrian Rogers , 1931 - 2005

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Besh Ba Gowah

Last Friday Bill and I came home through Globe, Arizona because we wanted to stop at the Besh Ba Gowah Archaeological Park.  

The Besh Ba Gowah lived in the Globe area around 1225 to 1400. The Archaeological Park has the ruins and a museum with a movie and items found or collected from the site.  We took the walking tour and here are some of the photos.  Entrance to the Besh Ba Gowah was $5 a person, so it was an inexpensive, but informative side stop for our trip.

As you can see those that lived here did not create living and 
storage structures of natives that were nomadic.

There were storage rooms, community rooms, and individual family quarters.
Much like a modern gated community.

The cooking pits were pretty neat

Most of the doorways were on the roof through thatched entrances with
a ladder they climbed, then pulled up when they were inside.
The doorways built like this one were added in the 20th century, 
only the short doorways under two feet were original and 
these were in storage rooms not living quarters.

Some of the area is reconstructed, but it is important to keep in mind
that in the southwest ruins survive a long time due to the arid climate.
 
I love seeing that perceptions most often do not fit reality.
The people that lived here were in no means unskilled.  They lived a life
that showed they interacted with the Mogollon people in New Mexico. 
What is amazing about this is that it took us 7 hours to get home in a vehicle.
Although we have many modern conveniences previous cultures were
not without.

The foods that grow in this region are the same that grow on the farm.

I was inspired by what the Besh Ba Gowah people accomplished and 
on the farm 600 plus years later, I plan on implementing things I learned from our visit here.

The final stop on the Besh Ba Gowah tour was a garden.
At the end of the garden tour there was 
an interactive
project to allow visitors to see how easy
it was to grind corn
using a mortar and pestle to grind corn...here is the corn

And here it is ground.

The amount of edible plants in the southwest takes my breath away! I am thinking of the theme of 2013 and what it will be the year of on the farm...and I have some pretty good ideas thanks to Besh Ba Gowah.


I need to mention that so much was at this site that perhaps another post is upcoming.
~I mean who knew that yucca fibers could be woven into sandals?  

So more later on Besh Ba Gowah and stay tuned as we are closer to 2013 on what the theme will be. 2012 has been the year of the flower...

1 comment:

Mrs.Rabe said...

That is the kind of place we like to go! How interesting!

Thanks for sharing!

Deanna