For a thousand years, the Hohokam mastered their desert homeland with amazing technological inventiveness, building vast networks of canals that created oases of green. As the environment changed, Hohokam culture adapted to enable their survival for generation upon generation. Visitors to the Salt-Gila Valley can still see traces of one of the most advanced civilizations of the New World.
Pueblo Grande in what is now Phoenix, Arizona, broke up the low-desert landscape with a football-field-sized platform mound, a towering great house, at least two ballcourts, and hundreds of walled compounds housing the 2,000 residents of the village.
Views of reconstructed house compound at Pueblo Grande