What is your favorite place?

Compare its features and elements with two partners and identify common themes.

Relate these places to concepts raised by: Siry, Byrd, Emerson, or Reisner, pp. 15-51, and Merchant, pp. 17-66, especially Bison hunting-- about Indians, what are they like and what defines the character of these places?

Frederic Edwin Church, Twilight in the Wilderness, 1860.

Elements are land, air and water

Features are clouds, sunset, forested slopes, lake, mountains, bare rocks.

What do you make of the clouds as a gathering storm and of the absence of people?

Native American Village in Virginia


The Pueblo native peoples of the southwest:

The Ancestral Puebloan people moved up onto the mesa somewhere around AD 500. Although they used the cliff alcoves consistently throughout the time they were in the area, they did not build the cliff dwellings as such until around AD 1200. The dwellings represent a massive construction project, yet the people lived in them only about 75 to 100 years. By AD 1300 they had migrated on to other areas to the south.

A view from the sacred Kiva of Mesa Verde ruins.

Indian America

Chama River, northern New Mexico.