Tuesday, May 17, 2011

A Place of Refuge: Montezuma Castle

photo taken on May 10, 2011 of Montezuma Castle in Arizona

"And that the gathering together upon the land of Zion, and upon her stakes,
may be for a defense, and for a refuge from the storm,
and from wrath when it shall be poured out without mixture upon the whole earth."
Doctrine and Covenants 115:6

This is a 20 room "village" or place of refuge that is nestled into a towering limestone cliff.  Its tells of a 1,000 year-old story of some Native American's ingenuity and need for survival in an unforgiving desert landscape. The "Castle' was home to 35 or so people of the Sinagua tribe. The name "sinagua" is a variation of the Spanish "sin agua" which means without water. The remote location built high up in the cliffs offered protection and defensibility from the elements and their enemies.

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