Atop the eroding mesa is a village of mud that touched me as a child and still motivates me today. Sitting on the lap of a potter who had long grey braids that draped either side of her face, she smiled and handed me a small gift. It was a pot, but more than that the emptiness inside the pot was symbolic for a life of learning and interest in different corners of the world and peoples customs and cultures.

"Acoma Pueblo is built atop a sheer-walled, 367-foot sandstone bluff in a valley studded with sacred, towering monoliths. Since 1150 A.D., Acoma Pueblo has earned the reputation as the oldest continuously inhabited community in North America. The mesa-top settlement is known worldwide for its unique art and rich culture." (