Sunday, August 7, 2011

Besh-Ba-Gowah: Arizona Native American Ruins

(Interestingly, whenever Julie and I go to Native American sites, we always run into an animal protector. At Casa Grande ruins, they had an owl. At Montezuma's castle, they had an angry blackbird protecting the ruins. Here, at Besh-Ba-Gowah in Globe, Arizona, they had a bushy tailed red squirrel. I know what you're going to say about the video. I'm rather ADD, huh? Welcome to my world when I go places. I want to see everything at once and am easily distracted by things. I've always been the kid growing up in the DC area, going to the White House and noticing how birds were nesting in a tree, rather than the home of the president.)

This lovely site is probably my second favorite Native American ruins site I've seen so far. I'd put Montezuma's Castle first and that's because of the scope of it and the view. This place is amazing because you can walk around in it and there are desert botanical gardens, an indoor museum with information and a video, as well as a very charming gift shop. It's almost like walking a labyrinth. You go into a different mode. I can feel it in the land and the stone that is filled with copper and turning green from rain and oxidation.

Most of y'all know how I feel about archaeology. I grew up digging up Civil War and Revolutionary War and even Native American relics on our property. I have a great respect for relics of the past and as a psychometrist, touching objects is critical for me. I often tell people, you can know what I intend for you if you see which hand I touch you with. My right hand puts out my energy and I use this to support someone I want to comfort or heal or even to subdue or dominate someone I want to get some control over. My left hand, however, will be used when I want to know someone's intention or see if they are feeling well or are okay. My left hand is my read hand. My right hand is my sending out energy hand. So, while walking around these ruins, I used my left hand. We stopped at a ceremonial room dug deep into the ground to create an echo chamber for chanting and we did an EVP session. At one point, I sang out some notes to see if I could trigger a past memory for the place of chanting. When the evidence is reviewed, I'll let y'all know how that came out.

The pueblo is 700 years old. Besh-Ba-Gowah means "place of metal." The land in this mining area is rich with copper. It's believed the earliest residents were the extinct tribe, HoHoKam. They abandoned it around 1100 and then in 1225, the Solado Indians built up the pueblo. The Apaches eventually took over, naming it Besh-Ba-Gowah. With the importance of metals, this location was an ideal one for water and metal. It was abandoned some time around 1600.

This is a truly amazingly peaceful place. Lots of birds and hummingbirds, butterflies and squirrels. It's very spiritual feeling, very peaceful and you can hear the winds whistling softly. If you come in the springtime, the cacti are blossoming and it's totally insane. Globe offers some very interesting things including the Noftsger Hill Inn that I'm writing about this week, a wonderful schoolhouse turned B&B that is happily haunted. I highly suggest this place and for those who are in Phoenix, it's a gorgeous drive, just over an hour away and one of the most beautiful desert drives I have ever seen with huge boulders, amazing geology, a cool tunnel, crazy overlook views and charming old mining towns.

Here's the info:
Besh-Ba-Gowah Archaeological Prk
150 N. Pine St. Globe, AZ 85501


  1. Sweet! I haven't had much adventure this summer, but this is almost like taking a virtual vacation!! LOL!

    I would love to hear about how you developed/discovered your abilities sometime.

  2. I would just love to go places and see what you are fortunate to be able to do. AZ must be one very Historical state, with all it has to offer. I wish that I would be blessed with the power to be able to "read" what you touch. That must be one awesome thing to do. It does seem to me that the place does talk to you, even though it is long gone into History. What did that place tell you?

  3. Love it. Southwest Native American cultures, esp. the various Puebloan peoples, is one of my favorites. I've never been here, but I've don't Bandolier, Manitou, Cliff Palace and others at Mesa Verde, and even a tiny, perfect little 3 room cliff dwelling in Canyonlands that hardly any others knew about so it's not walled off or inaccessible. Ignorance protects it. Plus, you gotta be willing to do some climbing. It was awesome. I think that little one, in some ways, was better than the grandeur of Cliff Palace. I guess because I felt like it was "mine" in that there weren't hordes of tourists milling about.

  4. That is such a beautiful place. We don't have anything like that in the UK (obviously), but when I visited some Native American sites elsewhere in the US, they had a similar feel to certain places in Devon and Cornwall here (to me at least). Not really sure why though.

    Anyway, thanks for the video and looking forward to the EVP results!

  5. Not that I'm bashing, but a bushy tailed squirrel as an animal protector? I'd want something a little more... intimidating. At least the birds can claw or peck your eyes out...

    Gorgeous pictures.

  6. MMW;
    I have to admit, I was in my 20s before I realized that others don't get the information I do from touching things. I thought it was just part of the sense of touch. I had never heard of psychics who do that. I was never taught, just learned from the way I store information and interpret, how to refine the skill better. I'm working on a book about how to develop psychic skills, "From Fledgling to Full-Fledged Psychic" and it's really based upon how you learned in school and store information. On the search bar to the right, you can type in "psychometry" and I've written a good deal about it on here as I try to understand it even better.

    Stone is a strange thing. It holds energy up the wazoo--positive, negative, healing, angry, but it doesn't necessarily hold information from the past, so that site was exciting to me because stone sites give my body and mind an overall feeling but no true images. The reason I was distracted by the wildlife, birds, and creatures there is that the overall emotion coming from the stone structures was one of animal spirit, guardians and co-existing. It was a very balanced and alert feeling. Instead of just being an "ahhhh" spiritual feel, it felt very multitasking and very high energy and efficient. I get the feeling the Apaches who were there were very much the Type A's of the Native Civilizations. They were efficient, integrated with the land and nature, and yet ambitious and goal-oriented.

    I seriously would love to take you to some sites here, buddy. One of my favorites is the Casa Grande Ruins because the energy coming off of them even an untrained person can feel.

    I'm working on a book "Spirit Vessels: Why Some Buildings Are Haunted" and some of your mining areas and rich geologic areas in the UK are fine examples of building stone buildings on good geology. Stones hold spiritual content and emotion and so your older buildings in England have accumulated this for centuries and centuries. It's rather ironic too because the regular person not tapped into their psychic senses, feels a pagan sensation just being near such sites and there's a reason--like what our Native Americans have imbued on the stone structures here, the pagans did in the UK. It's truly a spiritual feel and a tied-to-nature feel.