Ancestral tracks

I met Arturo Garrido, an architect from Mexico City, in September 2015. He was attending the Three Trails Conference in Santa Fe, which focused on the convergence in Santa Fe of El Camino Real de Tierra Adentro, the Santa Fe Trail and the Old Spanish Trail. We conversed about the origins of the trails, and he shared his observations about the global connections of ancient peoples — those of Central America, the Hopis, the Anasazi and the Tewa cultures. Most of the routes were established for trade and exchange, and there were no borders or barriers other than natural geography.

In the land now known as New Mexico, indigenous peoples connected with one another for trade and ceremony, exchanging precious materials such as turquoise for copper bells, feathers, chocolate and other valuable resources from what is now Mexico. The tierra adentro, the interior, was visited often, and trails and networks were forged over time, connecting indigenous peoples of North and Central America. Trail networks connecting ancient settlements fanned out across the land, permitting travel over long distances.

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