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 some kind of infatuation with a humpbacked, flute playing man named Kokopelli, or the Watersprinkler. On many walls all over the area, a drawing of Kokopelli can be found. These Indians also drew wide shouldered forms called Kackina Spirits, and a "Big Chief" looking out from a red stained shield.
There were many odd things about this tribe, such as, "Why did these people disappear after being around for over 1,000 years?" No one knows where they went, but we do...
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