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Tusayan Ruins, Grand Canyon South Rim
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South Rim
Grand Canyon National Park
Arizona 86023
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Tusayan Museum

 

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A visit to the Tusayan Ruins and Museum provides families with an introduction to the Anasazi Indians, an ancestral Puebloan community that inhabited the South Rim and inner canyon from roughly 500 to 1300 A.D. One of the nearly 2,000 area archeological sites, Tusayan is the best cultural display at the Grand Canyon and it offers kids an educational break from the adventure of the great outdoors. Visit the museum, take a self-guided or ranger-led tour of the ruins and help your children imagine pueblo life at the Grand Canyon more than 800 years ago.
Fun Facts about Paleo-Indians

There are lots of fun facts about Paleo-indians. Did you known that:

  • Paleo-indians, sometimes referred to as Paleo-Americans, are the ancestors of the Native Americans and they were the first people to inhabit much of North America.
  • The Paleo-indians were hunter-gatherers. They hunted animals, gathered wild plants and migrated from place to place in search of food.
  • Paleo-indians lived in small groups of 20-30 that in addition to mom and dad included brothers, sisters, aunts, uncles and cousins.
  • The Paleo-indians used stone tools. They used stone points to hunt animals and metates and manos to grind seeds.
  • Paleo-indians didn't make pottery but they shaped willow and cottonwood twigs into animal figurines (split twig figurines) and made carvings (petroglyphs) and paintings (pictographs) on rocks and stone.
  • Archaeologists aren't sure how the Paleo-Indians found their way to North America. Did they cross the land bridge that connected Siberia and Alaska at the end of the last ice age? Did they travel north across the land from South America?
 
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