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Phone: 866-426-6901

www.rivertradingpost.com

314 N. River Street

East Dundee, IL 60118

Arts of Native America

F

AVORITE

P

LACES

: K

ASHA

-K

ATUWE

: T

ENT

R

OCKS

OF

C

OCHITI

P

UEBLO

They call it Kasha-Katuwe. It is a quiet place that reflects human occu-

pations spanning 4,000 years. During the 14th and 15th centuries, many

large ancestral pueblos were established, and their descendants, the

Pueblo de Cochiti, still inhabit the area surrounding Kasha-Katuwe, or

“white cliffs” in the Keresan language of Cochiti.

Visitors are awestruck by the tent-shaped rocks that snuggle up against

the cliffs of Peralta Canyon. The uniform shape of hundreds of these

tent rocks, that vary in height from a few feet to 90 feet, makes one won-

der who sculpted these magnificent pieces. Truth is, the creation process

began six to seven million years ago with a huge volcanic explosion

northwest of the site, leaving volcanic debris up to 400 feet deep.

Over time, water cut through the debris to form canyons, arroyos and

the tent rocks which are pumice and tuff deposits. Each tent rock is pro-

tected by a tougher pumice and tuff erosion-resistant caprock.

Today, visitors will still find small, rounded, translucent obsidian

(volcanic glass) fragments that were spewed about way back when.

The site is near Cochiti Pueblo, just southwest of Santa Fe, NM., and

has a number of walking trails. Since the altitude here is over 5,200 feet,

you might huff and puff a bit on your walk. Just take your time and

enjoy the amazing beauty and quiet of the Cochiti Tent Rocks.