“The Pueblo Grande Museum: Uncovering the History of the Hohokam” by Doug Daye

Doug Daye

Hello, friends. We’re glad you could join us again as Villa Finale’s Museum Attendant, Doug Daye, takes a look at the Hohokam people who lived in the area of what is now Phoenix, Arizona. The Pueblo Grande Museum & Archaeological Park, which has been in operation for over 80 years, includes an interpretive trail where one can view the prehistoric remains of the Hohokem’s platform mound, replicated dwellings, native plants, and more. Do enjoy this “trip” to the Pueblo Grande Museum in Phoenix from the comfort of your home! ——————————————–

Imagine going back in time and experiencing living in a mud-covered pithouse, roaming the fields to hunt for food, crafting a necklace from shells, or playing a game in the ballcourt! This was everyday life for the Hohokam tribe of Arizona. Learn about their way of life by touring the Pueblo Grande Museum!

Platform mound at Pueblo Grande. From Tempe.gov

The Hohokam
The Hohokam people are believed to have lived in the south-central part of Arizona from A.D. 450 to 1450. Their territory expanded from the south of Flagstaff to the Mexican border. They constructed many elaborate structures such as mud and adobe covered homes called “pithouses” and oval “ballcourts” that were used for recreational games. (It was also believed that they studied stars in a great compound called a “Big House”!) By using rustic tools, they built an enhanced irrigation network that produced many crops and attracted many animals to hunt. They were also known to have crafted many utensils and jewelry from materials that included bone, shell, clay, and wood. Though the reason for their disappearance is unclear, much can be determined about their culture from the structures and relics they left behind.

Pueblo Grande from Scottsdale, Arizona’s Pinterest.

Exploring the Pueblo Grande Museum
Constructed in 1933 the Pueblo Grande Museum preserves the ancient history of the Salt
and Gaia River Valley and the Hohokam that inhabited the area. Both the indoor and outdoor
exhibits contain fascinating displays that can all be viewed virtually !!!

● Main Gallery: Learn about the Hohokam culture by examining artifacts and their innovative creations including clay pottery and maps of their extensive canal systems!
● Outdoor Trial: Observe Hohokam structures and agricultural exhibits e.g. The Adobe Compound, The Pit House, and the Agricultural Garden!
● Children’s Gallery: Hands-on exhibits educate children on the process of archaeology like identifying artifacts and even drawing their own!

Take the virtual tour and view their online exhibits here: https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/arts-culture-history/pueblo-grande/exhibits/upcoming-exhibits

Find out more about the history of the Hohokam and the Pueblo Grande Museum and National Park here: https://www.phoenix.gov/parks/arts-culture-history/pueblo-grande/about-the-museum

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