The Native American Heritage Garden
The Verde Valley Archaeology Center has a Native American Heritage Garden that represents plants that were important to the prehistoric and Native American people of the Verde Valley. These plants will include various domesticated foods eaten by the ancient and historic inhabitants of the region, as well as wild or non-domesticated plants that were collected from the surrounding area and used for food, medicine, containers, dyes, cordage, architectural elements, and other purposes. Examples of some of the domesticated plants to be grown will include corn, different kinds of beans, squash, gourds, and cotton. Some of the wild plants will consist of wild tobacco, amaranth, beeweed, agave, yucca, sunflowers, prickly pear, and cholla, and others.
The garden will be a place where visitors can see up close the plants used by the Native peoples of the Verde Valley. Center members and others will have opportunities to learn about and participate in the growing of domesticated plants and collection of wild plants used on a daily basis by the Sinagua, Hohokam, Yavapai and Apache. This learning experience will foster an understanding of how Native peoples used their farming skills and intimate knowledge of their surrounding environment to provide a sustainable lifestyle for many centuries.
This garden area is made possible through a generous donation by Donalyn Mikles through the Kling Family Foundation.
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