The Anasazi Indians Essay

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The Anasazi Indians

     From the scattered references made about the ancient Anasazi Indians in
Tony Hillerman's A Thief of Time, one can identify several cultural
characteristics of this mysterious tribe. One can discover how they lived, where
they lived, their religion, simple day to day activities, and mysteries about
their culture. Even though many references are made about this tribe, people
will never know the truth, for there is an unsolved mystery to why the Anasazi
disappeared. Even to this day no one knows what happened to them.
     The location of over 100,000 Anasazi sites have been found outside of
Bluff, Utah along the San Juan river. Anasazi Indians were very picky as to
where they lived. They chose to dwell in cliffs faced to catch the winter sun
and shaded in summer, with enough floodplain to grow something and a source of
water. These two story stone dwellings in cliffs were built large enough to fit
30 people in them. There is one odd fact about this: the Anasazi supposedly
carried roof beams more than 50 miles from the forests of Mt. Taylor and Chuskas.
These Indians lived as small scattered families of hunters and seed gatherers.
They developed agriculture, learned to make baskets and irrigate.
     The Anasazi religion was very different compared to other religions of
the world. Anasazi Indians chose to bury their dead either in the trash or
against walls. The ghosts of the Anasazi were feared widely by most Navajos for
some reason. The oddest thing about the Anasazi is that they had...

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