where tribes from many areas gathered for rituals and leisure. l Boynton Canyon AND Kachina Woman Vortex. It is said that this area is where feminine vortex energies are strongest. Boynton Canyon itself is sacred space from the perspective of numerous indigenous tribes. For the Yavapai, “First Lady” the mother of their tribe, was born from an enchanted pool deep within Boynton Canyon, and every year they return to pay her honor. The idea of balance, tranquility, and restoration is emphasized in this peaceful place. l Palatki & Honanki Heritage Sites. Palatki, which means red house in Hopi, was home to the ancestors of the Hopi. They lived here from approximately 1100 until 1400 C.E. Here the figure Kokopelli, a fertility deity seen playing the flute, remains clearly visible on the ancient sandstone walls. Nearby is Honanki, a site of similar history. However, a Clovis projectile point discovered here in 1995 definitively dates these settlements back to 9000 B.C. Both sites are examples of the settlements that surrounded the 8 IMAGINE l Autumn 2015 greater red-rock area of what is now Sedona, but never intruded into the space that was held most sacred. Historians indicate that disagreements among conflicting groups did not occur in this area which represented rest, peace, and restoration. l Tuzigoot National Monument. Tuzigoot is an ancient, 100-room pueblo site of the Sinagua people. Archeologists believe it may have been a busy trading site, welcoming many different tribes. It is unknown why they left the area. You will need to obtain a day pass to enter the pueblo and museum. l Montezuma Castle National Monument. More than 1000 years ago the Sinagua lived in the area stretching south of Sedona and utilized the extraordinary Montezuma Well for human needs and crop irrigation. The cliff dwelling at this national monument has over 60 rooms and researchers today marvel at the sophistication of dryland farming techniques displayed. For many centuries it was a place l l Yavapai Apache Nation cultural Resource Center. The Yavapai and Apache resided in this area for centuries, but in 1871 were ordered onto a reservation (now known as Camp Verde) and many were slaughtered. A further relocation in 1875 took the form of a forced march over 181 miles of harsh terrain in the dead of winter to San Carlos in southern Arizona. More than 100 people died during this march, never to see the red rocks of their homeland again. The Cultural Center tells their story, and a bronze statue commemorating an elderly man carrying his wife on this march—telling the story without words—now graces its entrance. l V Bar V Heritage Site. The V Bar V Heritage site is the largest petroglyph site in the Verde Valley with over 1000 images created in what is now known as the distinctive Beaver Creek style. Incorporated into the historic V Bar V Ranch in 1907, the owners guarded the area well. Now, solar calendars, animals, spirals, and grids, all etched on cliff face walls, in what some visitors call a “spirit-filled space,” stand in silent testimony to the artists’ ancient purpose, still shrouded in mystery today. May the Sedona Peace Tour inspire you and be a catalyst for finding peace within, helping to foster a culture a peace in your family, community and world.