Understanding the Past

Ways of Knowing From Ancestors, Yucca Example

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Basketry formed an essential element of ancestral Pueblo culture in southwestern Colorado. Baskets continued to be used for a wide variety of purposes even after the introduction of pottery into the area. Baskets weigh much less and thus easier to transport than pottery vessels, and, unlike pottery, they didn’t break when dropped. Watch these videos to learn about how Pueblo people today still make things from yucca using both traditional and modern methods.

Yucca Tradition

This video clip features Peter from Zia Pueblo. He discusses storytelling and the stories and traditions that his ancestors have passed down. Yucca tradition for making cordage is discussed in the video as you can use yucca for anything that uses string or tape