Corn Mountain, New Mexico

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Also known as Dowa Yalanne in the Zuni language, Corn Mountain is the mesa located southeast of the current Zuni pueblo in central New Mexico. The mesa has historical as well as spiritual significance for the Zuni. In the early sixteenth century, the Zuni took refuge from Spanish conquistadors atop the mesa. Later, during the period of the Pueblo Revolt at the end of the seventeenth century, the Zuni again retreated to the mesa top. In addition, the mesa is the site of several living shrines and cultural routes, and it retains astrological significance from which the Zuni ceremonial calendar is derived.

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"Dowa Yalanne, June 14, 2013" by Monty VanderBilt is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA.