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#481 Post by nrobertb » Thu Jun 21, 2018 11:52 am

Chaco Culture National Historical Park is a United States National Historical Park hosting the densest and most exceptional concentration of pueblos in the American Southwest. The park is located in northwestern New Mexico, between Albuquerque and Farmington, in a remote canyon cut by the Chaco Wash. Containing the most sweeping collection of ancient ruins north of Mexico, the park preserves one of the most important pre-Columbian cultural and historical areas in the United States.

Between AD 900 and 1150, Chaco Canyon was a major center of culture for the Ancient Pueblo Peoples. Chacoans quarried sandstone blocks and hauled timber from great distances, assembling fifteen major complexes that remained the largest buildings in North America until the 19th century. Evidence of archaeoastronomy at Chaco has been proposed, with the "Sun Dagger" petroglyph at Fajada Butte a popular example. Many Chacoan buildings may have been aligned to capture the solar and lunar cycles, requiring generations of astronomical observations and centuries of skillfully coordinated construction. Climate change is thought to have led to the emigration of Chacoans and the eventual abandonment of the canyon, beginning with a fifty-year drought commencing in 1130.
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#482 Post by nrobertb » Thu Jun 21, 2018 3:29 pm

From 1958-61 Bat Masterson ran on TV. Dressed-up dandy (derby and cane), gambler and lawman roams the West charming women and defending the unjustly accused. His primary weapon was his wit (and cane) rather than his gun. Gene Barry starred and you may also remember his series Burke's Law in the 1990's.
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#483 Post by nrobertb » Thu Jun 21, 2018 9:14 pm

The tobacco canteen is a unique Navajo silver item. The early versions were made of leather and were for carrying the loose tobacco used in roll your own cigarettes. They are usually around four inches wide and are difficult to make. The silver has to be hammered very thin and can easily be split by mistake.
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#484 Post by nrobertb » Fri Jun 22, 2018 12:10 am

Tales of the Texas Rangers ran on TV from 1955-58. Typical western with a twist. The two stars appeared as Texas Rangers but in a different scenario each program. One week, they might be Rangers in the 1840s and the next week they would be current day Rangers, i.e., it was a history of the Texas Rangers.

It featured Willard Parker and Harry Lauter. Both men had long acting careers but this series was as close as they came to stardom.
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#485 Post by nrobertb » Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:36 am

The Deputy TV series ran from 1959-61, starring Henry Fonda as Marshall Simon Fry. Unfortunately, Fonda's character was fully integrated into the plot in only six of the episodes of the first season and thirteen in season two. In all other episodes he appeared only briefly, generally at the start of the episode and again at the close. Fonda did narrate most episodes. Fonda worked for ten weeks on season one, for example, shooting all of his scenes during that time, which left the rest of the year free for film and theater work. While Allen Case tried hard as the title character, Clay McCord, the series is well- known for the substantial differences in quality between what the series producers (and Fonda himself) came to call the "Fonda" and "Non- Fonda" episodes.
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#486 Post by nrobertb » Fri Jun 22, 2018 3:22 pm

Another unique Navajo silver and turquoise item is the bowguard. Originally it was to protect the wrist from the snap of the bowstring. Today it is an item of male jewelry. This piece is sand cast, meaning that the design was carved in soft rock and then molten silver poured in. The Navajo silversmith is Fidel Bahe.
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#487 Post by nrobertb » Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:30 pm

One additional Navajo rug type: that produced in the Chinle-Nazlini area.
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#488 Post by nrobertb » Fri Jun 22, 2018 10:51 pm

Hovenweep National Monument is located on land in southwestern Colorado and southeastern Utah, between Cortez, Colorado and Blanding, Utah on the Cajon Mesa of the Great Sage Plain. Shallow tributaries run through the wide and deep canyons into the San Juan River.

Although Hovenweep National Monument is largely known for the six groups of Ancestral Puebloan villages, there is evidence of occupation by hunter-gatherers from 8,000 to 6,000 B.C. until about AD 200. Later, a succession of early puebloan cultures settled in the area and remained until the 14th century.

Hovenweep became a National Monument in 1923 and is administered by the National Park Service.
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#489 Post by nrobertb » Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:28 am

The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp ran on TV from 1955-61 with Hugh O'Brien in the title role. He worked in TV right up through 2000.

Marshal Earp keeps the law, first in Kansas and later in Arizona, using his over-sized pistols and a variety of sidekicks. Most of the saga is based loosely on fact, with historical bad guys and good guys, ending up with the famous shootout at the O.K. corral.
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#490 Post by nrobertb » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:07 am

Here's a group of Zuni fetishes. Many artists include a medicine bundle tied to the back of the fetish. These bundles are meant as a gift offering to the animal spirit. The bundles provide the animal spirit with energy, enhancing its powers and allowing its prayers to be heard more easily.
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#491 Post by nrobertb » Sat Jun 23, 2018 3:02 pm

Judge Roy Bean ran from 1956-57, starring Edgar Buchanan. Western set in the Texas town of Langtry, named after actress Lillie Langtry. When storekeeper Roy Bean becomes fed up with the lawlessness in the town, he establishes himself as a judge and introduces a system of law and order. Buchanan was in a wide variety of TV series over the years, playing the crusty but kindly old geezer. A few were Green Acres, Beverly Hillbillies, Petticoat Junction and Cade's County.
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#492 Post by nrobertb » Sat Jun 23, 2018 6:23 pm

With probable Paleolithic origins, the inverted crescent form (called Naja by the Navajo) has represented the Phoenician goddess of fertility, Astarte, and is mentioned in the Book of Judges among the “ornaments on camels’ necks.” The Moors – who dominated Spain for eight centuries – adopted the crescent as a horse’s bridle ornament, to protect the horse and rider from “the evil eye”. The Spanish then brought the idea to the Americas in the late 16th century. Today it is usually the bottom decoration on a squash blossom necklace.
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#493 Post by nrobertb » Sat Jun 23, 2018 7:16 pm

Old time western jails weren't necessarily like the Hollywood version, with roomy cells and the Sheriff's wife bringing over a home cooked meal three times a day. Especially in small towns they were more likely to be a tiny boiler plate box or made of iron straps riveted together.
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#494 Post by nrobertb » Sat Jun 23, 2018 11:47 pm

Here's a Sunrise River knife with an unusual handle.
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#495 Post by nrobertb » Sun Jun 24, 2018 11:04 am

Rawhide ran from 1959-65. Gil Favor is trail boss of a continuous cattle drive. He is assisted by Rowdy Yates. The crew runs into characters and adventures along the way. Eiic Fleming was the star as trail boss Favor, but everyone remembers Clint Eastwood as Rowdy, because of his later movie fame. Paul Brinegar was the cantankerous cook. Fleming later drowned while filming a movie in Peru.
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