Desert People and Cultures
Links To Their Stories
During the past century, investigators have been solving one of the great mysteries of the North American continent: Who built the spectacular, prehistoric* cliff dwellings and other ancient structures scattered throughout the American Southwest? We also take a look at some of the people who helped make desert history, movies, music and the trails of the Southwest and its deserts.
Below is the index to these people, their cultures, collectibles, and the desert trails they used.
Indians | Ancient
Rock Art/Petroglyphs | Native American Indians Today
Spanish Explorers & Missionaries | Desert People & Events
Gunslingers, Gamblers & Cowboys | Prospectors, Miners & Misc.
Music Makers | Modern Day Desert Artists | Desert Photographers | Desert Trails | Southwest Collectibles
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The Saguaro Video
The Saguaro often begins life in the shelter of a "nurse" tree or shrub which can provide a shaded, moister habitat for the germination of life. The Saguaro grows very slowly -- perhaps an inch a year -- but to a great height, 15 to 50 feet.
Desert Food Chain Video
A food chain constitutes a complex network of organisms, from plants to animals, through which energy, derived from the sun, flows in the form of organic matter and dissipates in the form of waste heat.
Prickly pear cactus Video
Prickly pear cactus are found in all of the deserts of the American Southwest. Most prickly pears have large spines on their stems and vary in height from less than a foot to 6 or 7 feet.
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Learn about desert biomes while you discover how desert plants and animals learn to adapt to the harsh desert environment. Find travel information about national parks, state parks, BLM land, and Southwest cities and towns located in or near the desert regions of the United States. Access maps and information about the Sonoran Desert, Mojave Desert, Great Basin Desert, and Chihuahuan Desert.