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Our National Parks: The Anasazi of Chimney Rock (Poem)

Updated on November 16, 2016
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Richard F. Fleck has long remained fascinated by Native American cultures from the ancient Anasazi to modern-day tribal peoples of America.

Chimney Rock

Chimney Rock Anasazi site
Chimney Rock Anasazi site

Anasazis of Chimney Rock*

High up on Chimney Rock

in southern Colorado there

is a piece of Chaco Canyon

culture far removed from

northern New Mexico built

by Chacoans 800 years ago

where only 90 days of growing

season is to be had for

corn and squash and beans.

And yet here at Chimney Rock

lived the very northern-most

Chacoans in beautifully built

walls of stone, leveled with chips

high above mountains and mesas

to the south with views northward

to the snowy San Juan Mountains.

Why did they come so far north

except to establish an outpost

for trading materials needed in

the south such as medicine from

mountain herbs or elk hide and

dried bighorn sheep meat so rare

in distant deserts seen from above,

and seen with eyes of falcons,

fellow dwellers of Chimney Rock.


*Chimney Rock site is between Durango and Pagosa Springs, Colorado, 90 miles north of Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. It is now a national historic site.

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      Richard Francis Fleck 7 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      Thank you, Dolores--If they left en masse around 1300, it is assumed today that their ancestors are alive and well as Pueblo and Hopi Indians. Cheers!

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      Dolores Monet 7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      Richard - a beautiful poem and I love the photos as well. I'd love to see the Anasazi ruins, how sad, mysterious, yet alluring.

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      Richard Francis Fleck 7 years ago from Denver, Colorado

      You are welcome, Hello,hello.

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for your great treat of information and beauty. It was a wonderful read.