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Pagosa’s Past: A look at the Southern Utes

Pagosa’s Past: A look at the Southern Utes

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist Pagosa is a Ute Indian word meaning “stinking waters.” It is appropriate that Pagosa Country was named by and for the Ute Indians. When…

Pagosa’s Past: The Basketmakers and the Great Basin

Pagosa’s Past: The Basketmakers and the Great Basin

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist We’ve been writing about our neighbors, the Jicarilla Apaches, who were greatly affected by events happening around them in the late 1600s. Jicarilla is…

Pagosa’s Past: Who are the Jicarilla Apaches?

Pagosa’s Past: Who are the Jicarilla Apaches?

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist When Spanish explorers entered the area that was to become New Mexico while searching for gold at the Lost Cities of Cibola, they soon…

Pagosa’s Past: A brief history of the Jicarilla homeland

Pagosa’s Past: A brief history of the Jicarilla homeland

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist We continue writing about the first Hispanic explorers/settlers in Pagosa Country and their relationship with the Jicarilla Apache Indians they found living in this…

Pagosa’s Past: Locating Pagosa Country

Pagosa’s Past: Locating Pagosa Country

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist An hour south of Pagosa Springs in New Mexico is the Jicarilla Apache Reservation. The Indian Agency headquarters for the Jicarilla Apache Nation is…

Pagosa’s Past: Exploring Chimney Rock

Pagosa’s Past: Exploring Chimney Rock

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist We’ve been quoting from an archaeological study of prehistoric human ruins and artifacts found on Chimney Rock by Dr. Frank W. Eddy of University…

Pagosa’s Past: An archaeological look at Chimney Rock

Pagosa’s Past: An archaeological look at Chimney Rock

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist Dr. Frank W. Eddy, University of Colorado at Boulder, directed a more recent study of the Chimney Rock Indian ruins during the summers of…

Pagosa’s Past: Life in Pagosa Country 2,000 years ago

Pagosa’s Past: Life in Pagosa Country 2,000 years ago

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist We’ve been writing about the Ancestral Puebloans, previously called Anasazi Indians, who lived in Pagosa Country circa 2,000 years ago. Continuing from where we…

Pagosa’s Past: Pagosa Country before the Europeans came

Pagosa’s Past: Pagosa Country before the Europeans came

By John M. Notter PREVIEW Columnist Last week, we wrote about information contained in a 1923 report written by Frank H. Roberts based on his study of early residents in…

Pagosa’s Past: The very first settlers

Pagosa’s Past: The very first settlers

By John M. Motter PREVIEW Columnist Shortly after AD 1, small bands of Indians entered the San Juan River Basin. Where they came from is uncertain. They may have come…

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