Descendants of Mesa Verde Anasazi Help Produce a Musical Masterpiece
The Zuni, Hopi, and other Pueblo Indians in some 20 communities in New Mexico and northern Arizona can trace their ancestry to the very same Indians who so mysteriously abandoned the Mesa Verde cliff dwellings seven centuries ago. If you’ve ever doubted whether the modern pueblo culture straddles the ages, have a look at this amazing video.
Don’t be fooled by the beginning, just stay with it and go with the flow. Be sure to turn up the volume, keep a sharp eye, and get ready for a surprise.
Postscript: This marvel of sound engineering was produced by laying in multiple tracks of performances by various artists at different times and places all over the world. If you want to learn more about the Twin Eagle Drum Group, the making of this video, and a companion documentary, visit this site.
Thought for the day: Imagine what one of those Ancestral Puebloans at Mesa Verde might have thought if she had been transported 700 years into the future and shown this audio/video -- seeing, in effect, where her people's DNA went and what happened to her culture.
Traveler trivia, no extra charge: Ten years ago, Broadcast Music Incorporated (BMI) reported that Stand By Me was the fourth-most performed song of the 20th century, having been performed more than seven million times. The 1961 release by Ben E. King & The Drifters is by far the best known version.