Edge of the Cedars Village

Edge of the Cedars Village

Yesterday we visited the Edge of the Cedars State Park in Blanding, Utah as we drove from Monument Valley to Moab. The main reason for our stop was to see the temporary exhibit, “On the Gleaming Way: Slim Woman and the Kayenta Navajos.” We had previously seen a version of this exhibit at the Smoki Museum in Prescott. The Edge of the Cedars was able to provide more space and we learned new facts about this remarkable woman. We discovered that this museum is a gem. We were impressed with its Ancestral Puebloan pottery with a computer detailing information about each piece on display. Also, the bright color of a macaw feather sash probably originating from Mexico dating around 1050-1150 was impressive. I learned many things such as how a turkey feather robe was constructed. Just outside the museum is an Ancestral Puebloan village with a reconstructed kiva that could be entered. Artist Joe Pachak has created an interesting Sun Marker that poses questions about these people’s knowledge of astroarchaeology. He also has an interesting sculpture of a “Flute Player.” We learned a lot during our stop.

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