Culture

Cliff Dwellings: Native Southwest Culture

Recently, we took a trip up north to Roosevelt Lake where we were guided to find ancient cliff dwellings.  Around 1400 AD, the Salado tribe built a shelter for their people, designed to protect them from various elements such as the hot Arizona sun in the summer, and rain during the colder seasons.  Being near the top of the mountain, they built ladders to gain access to their new home.  Today it is still a mystery why the Salado tribe abandoned this home, but the remaining evidence has proved their existence.  This 700 year old structure provides some inspiring concepts to be applied to designs we are currently working on.  The rich colors and textures of the exposed stone in combination with the primitive framing shows the native culture of the Southwest, and Arizona specifically.