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Watchtower Inside

 

Each story of the Watchtower has several windows that allow visitors to gain different views of the Canyon and the surrounding area. The first floor displays a Hopi snake altar. The walls and ceiling are covered in Native American symbols and pictographs. This includes a mural of the Hopi Snake Legend by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie that describes their cultural connection to the Grand Canyon. This painting tells the story of a Hopi man who floated down the Colorado River through the canyon in a hollow log.

 

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Hopi artist Fred Kabotie explaining the Snake Legend mural, circa 1932.
Photo: Santa Fe Railroad, GRCA #8801b

 

 

Watchtower Inside

 

Each story of the Watchtower has several windows that allow visitors to gain different views of the Canyon and the surrounding area. The first floor displays a Hopi snake altar. The walls and ceiling are covered in Native American symbols and pictographs. This includes a mural of the Hopi Snake Legend by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie that describes their cultural connection to the Grand Canyon. This painting tells the story of a Hopi man who floated down the Colorado River through the canyon in a hollow log.

 

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Hopi artist Fred Kabotie explaining the Snake Legend mural, circa 1932.
Photo: Santa Fe Railroad, GRCA #8801b

 

 

comments (28)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 18 Mar 2014, 01:58
What a superb place!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Not to be missed if you find yourself visiting The Grand Canyon again!
This is a very special of art the you are able to walk right into Elizabeth... they were great artists and you have done justice to their work here....petersmile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: That's a very good way to put it - the whole place is a work of art! Thank you so much!
This is great .....so nice Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Shane!
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 18 Mar 2014, 06:09
Has this been repainted since, Elizabeth, or does the fact that it is inside and dark (?) preserve the colour?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I don't think so, Lisl, the arid Arizona air is very good at preservation. But now that you've posed the question - I will ask next time I am there!
just fantastic, Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much Juan Carlos!
  • Chris
  • Bathampton
  • 18 Mar 2014, 07:35
Fascinating stuff Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I sure think so!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 Mar 2014, 08:09
Very interesting, but also a very good photo given the tricky lighting.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you for the acknowledgement there! When Frank and I had gone in October, it was a very cloudy day and most of my photos were too dark, or had a slight blur. So I was pleased to have better lighting this visit.
Awesome Ellie.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Miguel!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 18 Mar 2014, 08:25
Fascinating to see parts of their culture. I do like the almost child-like qualities of the paintings.. simple but graphic.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It is wonderful. And you're so right about the paintings!
  • Gutteridge
  • Where latitude and aittitude meet
  • 18 Mar 2014, 08:27
What a wealth of cultural history here Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: For sure, Chad. It's a beautiful example.
This really is a fantastic place E
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm very proud of how well it's done. The collaboration between Mary Colter, and the Native Americans is so beautiful.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 18 Mar 2014, 09:14
I need some time to study all the paintings and their stories they tell us. This is very interesting.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It does take a while to take it all in, Philine!
Love the indirect lighting that seems to come from the clay pots. Seems a good site for a tour.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Mary - The pots had light coming from them, and there was indirect light from the many small windows. I hope anyone who goes to the Grand Canyon visits this place.
such gorgeous and pure art work
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: PURE - perfect word, Chantal - thank you!
Another good capture,Ellie Buck', only if you have been inside this place would you know how well you have done this.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much, Frank, for this wonderful compliment!! smile
Fascinating stuff, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I believe so, Tom! Glad you agree!
This is beautiful Elizabeth...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I love these murals Ronky! They're amazing!
Surely some of this history must pre-date the arrival of the "white-man" Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Oh, absolutely. In fact, the Hopi Mesas in Arizona are the longest, continually inhabited areas in North America. Being first settled by ancient Pueblo peoples- the Hopis ancestors, around 500 AD.
What a great view, and fine artwork...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It's a wonderful place, Larry! Let me know when you're coming for a visit... smile
Looks very cool, interesting Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you John - you must visit sometime!
I find the Hopi art fascinating
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Me too, Martin!
Wonderful pieces of art here Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I love them Richard, Thank you!
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 18 Mar 2014, 18:30
Fascinating information, and wonderful artwork
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It's really a very interesting place, and done so well!
j'aime ces peintures qui racontent une histoire !
I love these paintings that tell a story!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Magali - I do too!
You have captured it very nicely Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Janet - I hoped to do it justice!
Nicely taken... and so interesting too.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Jacquelyn - it is a very interesting place!
  • Robbyne
  • United States
  • 19 Mar 2014, 01:57
A wonderful capture of this interesting mural
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Robbyne! Have you been?
Excellent capture of this Hopi mural, Elizabeth; astonished at how beautiful the colours show up. Nice to see the 1932 photo as it gives us an idea of its size.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much Beverly! The pigments they used were very brilliant!

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