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been running all day, and he’s

exhausted. So he’s just going to sit

outside and decompose for a while.”

_______

“ We’ve been collecting for a very

long time, and are quite knowledge-

able about these things. We would

be interested in knowing what you

have in the way of kachinkas.”

_____

A fellow walked into the gal-

lery , looked around, then

asked,

“Did You Make All Of This?”

_____

Via e-mail

We: “John, when can we expect

your next payment?”

John: “I’ll be sending a parent to

you next Thursday.”

When you are on our side of

the counter, customers some-

times make you lose a bit of

composure. Such as the times

when we heard,

It is nice and cool in here. It is so

hot outside that I thought my hus-

band and I were going to expire

from heat prostitution.”

_______

“My husband and I have simply

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Volume 10, Issue 2

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Seven hundred years ago, this

400 room village was occupied

by the Salado people. It is

called Besh-Ba-Gawa, from a

Western Apache phrase mean-

ing “place of metal.”

Located in the old copper min-

ing town, Globe, AZ, the an-

cient village was actually built

on top of an even more ancient

Hohokam site that dates back

to 550 AD.

It was situated along a major

trade route that was used from

1100 to 1450 AD where the

Salado people exported the

ground pigments, turquoise

beads and pottery for which

they were renowned.

In trade for these items, they

received shells from the Gulf of

Mexico and cotton from further

south to be used in weaving

cloth.

Times were not always easy in

the village. Evidence suggests it

was raided around 1260 by

outsiders, and around 1340 it

was destroyed by earthquake

and fire.

Archaeologists believe the place

was a major ceremonial, redis-

tribution and food storage com-

plex for the people in the Tonto

Basin.

While Besh-Ba-Gawa is small

relative to other major archaeo-

logical sites, it is well worth

exploring.

The on-site museum houses one

of the largest single site ar-

chaeological collections in the

southwest.

The site is an easy two hour

drive east from Phoenix..

We love customers...don’t get

us wrong. But sometimes we

have to excuse ourselves, duck

into the back room , and have a

good old belly laugh

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Besh-Ba-Gawah. A 700 year old Salado

complex in Globe, AZ.

Salado “Dog Head” pitcher circa 1400 AD