Around the Globe in Arizona

Bucket of Blood Road.  Seriously, that was the name of a street we passed.  In this drive through eastern Arizona we are seeing again the wild west and the impact it had on these towns.

The colours were vibrant as we snaked our way to the top of Pinal Mtn.  This is looking out towards Phoenix.

The colours were vibrant as we snaked our way to the top of Pinal Mtn. This is looking out towards Phoenix.

We camped near Globe and its sister city, Miami, staying up in the Pinal Mountains where the air was clear, the sunset incredible, the cool air well above freezing for sleeping in tents.

I think his inner tube deflated.

I think his inner tube deflated.

We awoke to a surprise.  We knew we were camping amongst cattle when we pulled into our campsite and spotted a big cow lying down amongst the trees.  But come morning—one had given birth.  Umbilical cord still dangling from mama!

We headed down the mountainside, awed by the beauty of the Pinals.  All around us were mountains.  Pictures never look as beautiful as the real McCoy!

Pinal Mountains

Pinal Mountains

Pinal Mtns

There is a rich mining history that spans more than a century in this area, and although it’s known as Copper Corridor, it was actually the discovery of silver in the hills around Globe and Miami in the 1870’s that first prompted settlers to set up camp.

Holy Angels Catholic Church was dedicated Sept 29, 1918 and on the Nat'l Register of Historic Places

Holy Angels Catholic Church was dedicated Sept 29, 1918 and on the Nat’l Register of Historic Places

Founded in 1873, Globe was a mining camp named after a large spherical nugget of silver that resembled a globe.  Two years later the Miami silver claim was discovered a few miles west.  By the 1880’s the silver had run out in the area, but the abundance of copper kept the towns alive.  Even to this day, copper mining is a big employer for the local towns, employing more than 20% of residents.

When prospectors arrived to make their luck it was already inhabited by the warriors of the Apache tribes.  We didn’t hear the history concerning the conflicts between the two people groups, but we were able to take in the 30th Annual Apache “Jii” Celebration (Jii= days) happening in Historic Downtown. flag

Vendors majored on jewelry, but we marvelled at paintings, carvings, wooden flutes, painted/carved gourds.  We watched dancers, enjoyed costumes, sampled fry-bread.

Miss San Carlos Apache

Miss San Carlos Apache sang like a lark.

"Our Grandmother is our leader & our follower.  We depend on her for the wisdom that she has accumulated over her many years and experiences.  She now depends on us because of her frailties and limitations.  Over the years, we have come to know that she is actually the final decision-maker and true leader for she is the matriarch of Navajo society.  Through her, our culture came to be and our traditions become stronger with each passing generation because all of the wisdom and knowledge of the years is passed on through the female descendants.  With our caring creation of the Navajo Grandmother doll, we honor and pay homage to all the grandmothers of the world." by Aweeschiio Creations

Ama Sani “Our Grandmother is our leader & our follower. We depend on her for the wisdom that she has accumulated over her many years and experiences. She now depends on us because of her frailties and limitations. Over the years, we have come to know that she is actually the final decision-maker and true leader for she is the matriarch of Navajo society. Through her, our culture came to be and our traditions become stronger with each passing generation because all of the wisdom and knowledge of the years is passed on through the female descendants. With our caring creation of the Navajo Grandmother doll, we honor and pay homage to all the grandmothers of the world.” by Aweeschiio Creations

Tereza McCullum does absolutely beautiful paintings on feathers!  Matting used to be done by her late-husband, now from someone in New Mexico.

Tereza McCullum does absolutely beautiful paintings on feathers! Matting used to be done by her late-husband, now from someone in New Mexico.

Called "White Lightening" by Tereza McCullum of the Cherokee tribe.

Called “White Lightening” by Tereza McCullum of the Cherokee tribe.

Laars was amazed that these were ‘real Indians’ standing in front of him. He asked me over and over if it were so.

Laars with a tomahawk

Laars with a tomahawk

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