Chaco Canyon: Pueblo Arroyo and Chetro Ketl
The concentric circles of this tri-walled structure at Pueblo Arroyo at Chaco Canyon were built in the 1100's. I was privileged to tour the site with Maria Yraceburu, who holds deep insights into sacred sites in Arizona and New Mexico. It was here that I felt the most powerful energy. This pueblo likely held ceremonial significance. It was aligned to the east, to the rising sun.
|Pueblo Arroyo Tower Ruins|
Although no one knows for certain the purpose of this outlying pueblo, it is undisputed that the builders, and those who occupied this structure, were very much in tune with the seasonal cycles, the movement of sun, moon and planets, and reverence for planet Earth. The pueblo was a specialized living space, separate from the rest, and no doubt, part of a ceremonial or ritual observation of the cosmos, and perhaps of the cycles and dimensions of time itself.
|Kivas at Chaco Canyon|
|Internal Structures at Chetro Ketl|
(Follow this link for a 360 degree view of Chetro Ketl.)
A wonderful interactive activity site with much more information about Chetro Ketl is located here. It includes a simulated view of what the kiva may have looked like and ways in which it may have been used for ceremonial purposes. It's a great site for children, and adults alike, to visualize what these ancient underground kivas looked like. I highly recommend you spend some time checking this animation out before you visit the park. It includes a recording of a winter solstice song still sung, the Turtle Dance Song of the San Juan Pueblo, so you may experience the sights and sounds of a kiva ceremony.
|Chaco Canyon Kiva View|