National Geographic : 1969 May
Sunset-coppered buttes in the Grand Canyon lift snowy pinnacles to a cloud-heavy winter sky. Majestic Isis Tem ple looms in the foreground, and Buddha Temple rises be yond. To the left, jutting out from the barely visible North Rim, stands The Colonade. Of the canyon's shifting moods and aspects, Powell wrote: "It has infinite variety, and no part is ever duplicated. Its colors, though many and complex at any instant, change with the ascending and declin ing sun; lights and shadows appear and vanish with the passing clouds, and the chang ing seasons mark their passage in changing colors. You cannot see the Grand Canyon in one view... but if strength and courage are sufficient for the task, by a year's toil a concept of sublimity can be obtained never again to be equaled on the hither side of Paradise." at places like Chaco Canyon, Mesa Verde, Canyon de Chelly, and Wetherill Mesa.* Today modern Pueblo tribes, such as the Hopi and the Zuni, struggle to continue their immemorial traditions in the midst of floods of tourists. In this long period, the depths of Grand Canyon itself figure prominently in only one brief hour, between A.D. 900 and 1150. At that time the tide of Anasazi settlement swept down from the rims of the canyons of the Colo rado into places like Nankoweap and Unkar. 694 "I'm beginning to look upon Unkar as a kind of Anasazi Appalachia," Dr. Schwartz said. "Three or four families, probably from the North Rim, came down here about A.D. 950 and built close to the river-more people than we had previously thought. Somehow *See, in NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC: "Solving the Riddles of Wetherill Mesa," by Douglas Osborne, and "20th century Indians Preserve Customs of the Cliff Dwellers," by William Belknap, Jr., both February 1964; "Searching for Cliff Dwellers' Secrets," by Carroll A. Burroughs, November 1959; and "Ancient Cliff Dwellers of Mesa Verde," by Don Watson, September 1948.