National Geographic : 1996 Apr
NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC Geoguide Pueblo People * From bones, artwork, and other remains, archaeologists make educated guesses about the habits and beliefs of the ancient Pueblo people. If archae ologists a thousand years from now were to uncover items from our time, what would be good clues as to how we live today? A high-top sneaker? A computer keyboard? A piano key? A soda can? A Barbie doll? A Frisbee? What would you like them to find? * Amodelofapueblocanbe made using only a few materials. Adobe buildings can be con structed from small blocks of plastic foam glued together, then plastered with a thick paste of soap flakes and water. Sand or sawdust pressed into the wet paste will make the model resemble adobe. Toothpicks stuck into the walls, then trimmed, will look like roof beams. The photographs in the article can serve as guides to building shapes. * The map on pages 96-7 shows that Pueblo settlements have clustered in different areas over time. Why do you think these areas were chosen? To learn more about his ancestors, T.J. Loretto (above) of Jemez Pueblo, New Mexico, studies archaeological tech niques at Castle Rock in Colo rado. In remote Grand Gulch, Utah, a Pueblo artist's bighorn sheep (left) has weathered sun and wind for more than a thou sand years. Shells from a distant sea (top left) were swapped in trade-then left undisturbed for centuries in a tinyclay pot in New Mexico's Arroyo Hondo Pueblo. USE GEOGUIDE ALONG WITH THE ARTICLE "THE OLD ONES OF THE SOUTHWEST" IN THIS ISSUE TO HELP CAPTURE THE INTEREST OF YOUNG READERS AND STIMULATE DISCUSSION WITH THEM. GEOGUIDE IS FEATURED FOUR TIMES A YEAR.