We waited for the warmest day (in the 40’s) during our visit to Albuquerque to drive out to the Indian Pueblos again, this time to visit Bandelier National Monument. Bandelier National Monument is a 33,677 acre U.S. National Monument preserving the homes and territory of the Ancestral Pueblo People.
Our first stop on the way south from Denver was Santa Fe, New Mexico. It probably would have been smarter to continue driving south and get further away from the harsh winter weather we’d been experiencing but we love this city. And we really wanted to spend Thanksgiving in a place that was special to us. Santa Fe was that place.
In the Seminole language, Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki means a place to learn. And that is the name of the Seminole Indian museum at the Seminole Indian reservation in Big Cypress Community, which was directly west of our campground in Sunrise, Florida. The mission of the museum is “To collect, preserve, protect and interpret Seminole culture and history – inspiring an appreciation and understanding of the Seminole language. “
The members of the Tequesta and the Calusa tribes, the original residents of South Florida and the Everglades, had no resistance to the diseases brought by European explorers. Entire civilizations throughout Florida died of measles, fevers and influenzas.