Artifact of the Week

Interesting Turkeys at Kuaua


Archaeology has taught us that the domesticated turkey was a very important part of pueblo life.  Although there is evidence that turkeys were eaten occasionally, it seems that they were more important than just a food source.

In a new display created by Ranger Ethan Ortega, you can see evidence that pre-Columbian Puebloan people knew how to set and heal broken bones.  The artifacts chosen for this display are  bones that have been broken and healed straight, something that just couldn’t happen in nature.  One of the conclusions that we might reach is that the turkeys were valued for the turkey feathers,  used ceremonially, as well as to make blankets to provide warmth for the people during cold winters.

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