Thursday, December 4, 2008

Indian Life



Now that we've discovered two grandmothers from the Cherokee and Choctaw tribes in my husband's ancestry, it makes the Native American culture part of our family. Wondering about how they survived living in primitive shelters and met the constant demands for food, shelter, clothing and security is intriguing to consider. (Click on photos to make them larger and read the signs below.)



On the way home from Texas, we stopped 30 miles north of Flagstaff, Arizona at the Wapatki National Monument's ruins that have been preserved. Walking through their adobe dwellings, we talked about how they stayed warm in the cold winters at that elevation. What did they sleep on, just the cold rocks or did they make mats of weeds and use animal skins to cover themselves? Lots of unanswered questions, but they did survive...barely. Water was very scarce..



Was there a stigma for their later descendants to marrying a non-Native American? Did they ever see their Native families again after marrying and moving away? Many unanswered questions as their genealogy was oral and not written down. It is lost to us for now.

3 comments:

gremhog susan.hatch@gmail.com said...

keep warm? lots of fire!...or fire water!

ramblingwoods said...

That is interesting info on the sign. It seems like it would be so hard to live in an area like that, but I guess it would have been difficult for the Seneca and Mohawk living in our northern region. It is so sad that the history is lost..

Deborah Godin said...

Very interesting history, and such a beautiful, if harsh and demanding, surroundings. How nice for you that you were able to trace your husbands ancestry, too.