Mesa Verde Voices Podcast Season 3
As isolated as this region might seem at first glance, the Four Corners has always been a crossroads of travel and trade. Today it’s along the interstate—700 years ago, sprawling exchange routes connected cultures far and wide.
Mesa Verde Voices podcast Season 3 explores the history of trade, not only of goods but ideas and technologies. In this area, we find shells from California, feathers from Mesoamerica, chocolate rituals from Mexico, and more.
Visit mesaverdevoices.org to listen and learn about the ins and outs of Ancestral Pueblo trade!
One visitor liked the podcast so much she sent this rave review!
I just wanted to tell you how much I’m appreciating the Mesa Verde Voices podcast. I’m currently listening to season 3, and while the concept of vast trade networks is not news to me, it was interesting to hear this topic being addressed a few months after reading Craig Childs’ House of Rain, which so wonderfully explores so many aspects of the early Pueblo culture.
I grew up in Grand Junction and also lived in Gallup and Albuquerque, so before fate decided to take me in a decidedly different direction (I’ve been in the Atlanta area for nearly 30 years, with a couple of interim stops before this), I had many opportunities to visit Mesa Verde, Chaco, and other sites large and small.
I’ve been back to Colorado and elsewhere in the Southwest many times and, when possible, have revisited old haunts and checked out new ones. My last visit, two years ago, was in mid-July, timing necessitated by a class reunion, so it regrettably wasn’t the optimum time to be wandering around desert parks (my husband and I opted for Bandelier instead of Chaco).
Your podcast is the next best thing to being there myself and definitely enflames a desire for another visit, should it ever be safe to travel again. The latest series mentioned a couple of newer monuments or parks I wasn’t aware of, so whenever a Southwestern trip is on the agenda again I hope to add these to my itinerary.
In the meantime, the best I could do was make a cup of tea and drink it from my black and white Mesa Verde mug, and maybe tomorrow I’ll put on my Mesa Verde earrings, with a black and white sunflower design, the perfect accessories for my gray t-shirt with Mesa Verde pottery designs. And downstairs I could admire a couple of horsehair pots purchased from the park gift shops.
Anyway, thanks again for the terrific podcast, and I’m hoping for future seasons.Nancy in Georgia
This is an excerpt from the Mesa Verde Museum Association’s Member Newsletter. To find out more about MVMA and how to get your own copy delivered, visit the Mesa Verde Museum Association website.