The Cities of Ancients: Four Corners Region

Ancient cliff dwellings in Arizona

Ancient cliff dwellings in Arizona

Mary Kopp

The canyons and mesas of the region we now call the Four Corners were home to the Ancestral Pueblo people between 800 and 1300 A.D. When they disappeared from the area they left behind a fascinating variety of dwellings and artifacts that clearly demonstrate their craftsmanship and artistry. Today these architectural marvels are preserved in several national parks and monuments.

On Wednesday, January 15, photographer James Cowlin will take us on a virtual journey highlighting the natural beauty of the Colorado Plateau where Arizona, Utah, Colorado and New Mexico come together. Jim will also discuss the cliff dwellings in Navajo National Monument, Mesa Verde National Park and Canyon de Chelly National Monument as well as the towering buttes and spires of Monument Valley Tribal Park. The presentation is an introduction to the six day five night guided bus tour with Jim and his wife Barbara Kemp Cowlin.

James Cowlin is a freelance photographer based in Oracle, Arizona, specializing in nature, travel and fine art. For over thirty years he has been documenting the landscape of the western United States and has built a collection of images that range from broad panoramic views to intimate close ups. Barbara is an artist whose art depicts intimate views of the landscape through a series of water reflection paintings.

Specific information including the itinerary, costs and reservations instructions for the April 22 to 27, 2014, guide bus trip will be available at the January presentation, on the Friends of SaddleBrooke Libraries website, at our three Libraries or by emailing Barry Swartzberg at [email protected].

Jim Cowlin will present The Cities of the Ancients: Four Corners Region on Wednesday, January 15, 2014, at MountainView Ballroom from 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. There is a $5.00 charge for all non FSL members.

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