The earliest Indians hunted and gathered plants and seeds.
With farming came the ability to settle, support a large community and withstand
years when crops were low by storing corn or beans in granaries such as this "Pot Hole"
ruin. Corn would have been supplemented with other seeds and nuts, as well as large
game in areas like Monument Valley. In Canyon de Chelly, turkey was the primary meat
source with an occasional rabbit or deer. Domesticated turkeys provided meat,
feathers, and also kept bugs out of the gardens.