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We-wha was a Zuni Pueblo Lhamana who worked as an ambassador for his people to the United States in the 1800s. Lhamana is a third gender in the Zuni culture assigned to male bodied children whose adherents performed traditional women’s work and fulfilled a fundamental role as mediator during conflict. Lhamana falls under the category of Two-Spirit, a more general term used in Native American communities indicating an individual as neither male nor female but an entirely seperate gender.
Ancient Pueblo people were an ancient Native American culture centered on the present-day Four Corners area of the United States, comprising southern Utah, northeastern Arizona, northern New Mexico, and southwestern Colorado. Archaeologists still debate when this distinct culture emerged but the current consensus is around 12th century BC.
They lived in a range of structures, including pit houses, pueblos, and cliff dwellings designed so that they could lift entry ladders during enemy attacks, which provided security. The pictures above feature some of the amazing pueblos and cliff dwellings of these people. The most photographed ruin is the “House on Fire” (picture 1). This ruin, when captured at certain times of the day, resembles a dwelling on fire and is a favorite among photographers.
“House on Fire” ruin in Mule Canyon, South Fork, Utah
Petroglyph with the prehistoric symbol, flute player Kokopelli
Multistory dwellings at Bandelier. Rock wall foundations and beam holes and “cavates” carved into volcanic tuff remain from upper floors
Laguna Pueblo dwellers posing for a picture
Doorways, Pueblo Bonito in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico
A Native American man (Taos), poses outdoors at Taos Pueblo, New Mexico - Poley - 1908
Taos Pueblo is a member of the Eight Northern Pueblos, whose people speak two variants of the Tanoan language. The Taos community is known for being one of the most private, secretive, and conservative pueblos. A reservation of 95,000 acres (38,000 ha) is attached to the pueblo, and about 4,500 people live in this area.
Agate House made of blocks of petrified wood in the Petrified Forest National Park, Arizona, USA
The Agate House is a partially restored Indian pueblo built almost entirely of petrified wood and sealed with mud located in Petrified Forest National. It’s believed to have been built by the ancestors of the modern Pueblo people between the year 900 and 1200.