“Hisatsinom” is an indigenous word referring to “the old ones”, our ancestors, otherwise known as the Ancestral Puebloans. The Ancestral Puebloans were amongst the first to adopt maize farming and cultivated maize on a variety of scales to supplement food resources available in the local environment. The Virgin Anasazi, as they are commonly called, were the Hisatsinom who practiced flood plain farming on the Virgin and Muddy rivers near the four corners of what is now California, Nevada, Arizona and Utah. They also mined turquoise and were part of an exchange network that extended 500 miles to Chaco Canyon.
My interest in the Virgin Anasazi is that they lived in the westernmost outpost of their Uto-Aztecan language and culture group. They existed on a borderland shared with Yuman language speakers like the ancestral Mojave, and later with the Southern Paiute who spoke the Numic branch of the Uto-Aztecan language family. Unlike their inland brethren, the Virgin Anasazi had easy access to the Pacific Ocean via trails and trade with coastal people. The unique confluence of cultures in this four-corners of the Mojave make viewing the rock imagery both challenging and intriguing. My mission throughout this series of Virgin Anasazi explorations is to learn to differentiate the styles and techniques made by the Virgin Anasazi, ancestral Mojave, and the Southern Paiute, and determine how far west the Virgin Anasazi imagery extends.
I think you are really going to enjoy this series of videos because there is a LOT to see!