Snowy Day In Sedona
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Sedona is a city that straddles the county line between Coconino and Yavapai counties in the northern Verde Valley region of Arizona. As of the 2010 census, its population was 10,031. However, with the increased visitorship and many art festivals, this number is considered to have grown considerably. Once you visit - you stay!
Sedona's main attraction is its array of red sandstone formations, the Red Rocks of Sedona. The formations appear to glow in brilliant orange and red when illuminated by the rising or setting sun. The Red Rocks form a popular backdrop for many activities, ranging from spiritual pursuits to the hundreds of hiking and mountain biking trails. There are numerous concerts held in the Red Rock Amphitheatre which are most popular with locals and visitors alike.
Sedona was named after Sedona Arabelle Miller Schnebly (1877−1950), the wife of Theodore Carlton Schnebly, the city's first postmaster, who was celebrated for her hospitality and industriousness. Despite its beauty, Sedona's history has its dark side as well as respects its first settlers.
Around 650 A.D., the Sinagua people entered the Verde Valley. Their culture is known for its art such as pottery, basketry and their masonry. They left a lot of rock art, pueblos and cliff dwellings such as Montezuma Well, Honanki, Palatki and Tuzigoot especially in the later periods of their presence in the area. The Sinagua abandoned the Verde Valley about 1400 A.D. Researchers believe the Sinagua and other clans moved to the Hopi mesas in Arizona and the Zuni and other pueblos in New Mexico.
The Yavapai came in from the West when the Sinagua were still there in the Verde Valley around 1300 A.D. They were nomadic hunter-gatherers. Some archaeologists place the Apache arrival in the Verde Valley around 1450 A.D. Many Apache groups were nomadic or seminomadic and traveled over large areas.
The Yavapai and Apache tribes were forcibly removed from the Verde Valley in 1876, to the San Carlos Indian Reservation, 180 miles southeast. About 1,500 people were marched, in midwinter, to San Carlos. Several hundred lost their lives. The survivors were interned for 25 years. About 200 Yavapai and Apache people returned to the Verde Valley in 1900 and have since intermingled as a single political entity although culturally distinct.
April 19th, 2013
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