The word "Anasazi" is a Navajo word meaning "Ancient Ones."
The Anasazis, also known as "Cliffdwellers", were a very
They were from the American Southwest and lived in
caves in cliff walls. That's where they got their name
The Anasazi lived in present day Utah, Colorado,
Arizona, and New Mexico in the region also known as the
for about 300 years. In about the 1300's they started to
leave their cliffdwellings to settle in smaller
historians think they abandonded their large villages
because of droughts, and were unable to grow their food.
primarily farmers living in small villages. They
farmed beans, corn, squash, and other crops. They also
wandered. They used their surplus of beans, corn, and
squash to make clay. From the clay they made pipes to
smoke, bowls to
eat from, and pots for decoration. The Anasazis had a
very organized community, with every person having a job. There
were farmers, builders, and pottery makers.
Their houses were built over knee to waist deep
ditches that they would dig. Some of their houses
would have a second
room. They were an advanced civilization and with their
technology they made great stone dwellings. They
seemed to have a
complex road system linking them with other villages.
For the Anasazi, ceremony and spiritual life were a part of day-to-day living.
The moon, stars, and sun marked important times of
the year for planting, harvest, and ceremony. They
stored goods (and
often their dead) in deep pits and circular cists.
I found that the Anasazi Indians were very
interesting. They were very organized and advanced,
so they must been very intelligent.
After living in the American Southwest for at least three...