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- Contains 1 oz of .999 fine Silver.
- Extremely limited mintage of 1,000 coins.
- Comes in a capsule with mint box and a certificate of authenticity.
- Obverse: The weight, purity, country of issue and the bald eagle emblem surrounded by a native star design.
- Reverse: Features a ritual at Chetro Ketl in its original state.
- This coin is authorized by the federally recognized sovereign nation of Mesa Grande.
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About Native America the Beautiful
This series was created to remember forgotten tribes and further the education of how native culture is intertwined into today’s America. It is important that the legacy of the Native Americans is not forgotten. These people lived prosperously in the untamed lands for centuries. With a mintage of just 1,000, collectors can be sure about the rarity of this inspiring set as we walk through history around the nation and celebrate the 50 states like never before. Check out these and more from the Native American Mint.
About Chaco Culture National Park
Chaco Culture National Historical Park is a United States National Historical Park in the American Southwest hosting a concentration of pueblos. The park is located in northwestern New Mexico, between Albuquerque and Farmington, in a remote canyon cut by the Chaco Wash. Containing the most sweeping collection of ancient ruins north of Mexico, the park preserves one of the most important pre-Columbian cultural and historical areas in the United States.
Between AD 900 and 1150, Chaco Canyon was a major center of culture for the Ancestral Puebloans. Chacoans quarried sandstone blocks and hauled timber from great distances, assembling fifteen major complexes that remained the largest buildings ever built in North America until the 19th century.
Chetro Ketl is an Ancestral Puebloan great house and archaeological site located in Chaco Culture National Historical Park. Construction on Chetro Ketl began c. 990 and was largely complete by 1075, with significant remodeling occurring in the early and mid-1110s. Following the onset of a severe drought, most Chacoans emigrated from the canyon by 1140; by 1250 Chetro Ketl's last inhabitants had vacated the structure. Chetro Ketl's purpose is widely debated, but many archaeologists believe the building was a place of large-scale ceremony that held an important position within the larger Chacoan system. It may have been occupied primarily by groups of priests and, during times of ritual, pilgrims from outlying communities.
The true origin and meaning of "Chetro Ketl" is unknown. Lekson and Peter J. McKenna note that, although most of the names given to Chacoan ruins are either Spanish or Navajo, "Chetro Ketl" is neither. A Mexican guide who worked for the first American expedition in 1849 translated it as "rain town." In 1889, Navajo historian Washington Mathews reported that in Navajo mythology, the building is referred to as Kintyél or Kintyéli, which means "broad-house." Other Navajo translations include "house in the corner" and "shining house."
The Navajos are a Native American people of the Southwestern United States. At more than 300,000 enrolled tribal members, the Navajo Nation is the largest federally recognized tribe in the U.S. and has the largest reservation in the country. The reservation straddles the Four Corners region and covers more than 27,000 square miles of land in Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. The Navajo language is spoken throughout the region, though most Navajos also speak English.
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