Richard Wetherill

Anasazi

Author: Frank McNitt

Publisher: UNM Press

ISBN: 9780826303295

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 370

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Anasazi, the Navajos' name for the "Ancient Ones" who preceded them into the Southwest, is the nickname of Richard Wetherill, who devoted his life to a search for remains of these vanished peoples. He discovered the cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde and Kiet Siel and the Basket Maker sites at Grand Gulch, Utah, and at Chaco Canyon he initiated the excavation of Pueblo Bonito, the largest prehistoric ruin in the United States. His discoveries are among the most important ever made by an American archaeologist.
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Stories and Stone

Writing the Ancestral Pueblo Homeland

Author: Reuben J. Ellis

Publisher: University of Arizona Press

ISBN: 9780816523665

Category: Architecture

Page: 244

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Chaco Canyon, Canyon de Chelly, Mesa Verde, Hovenweep . . . For many, such historic places evoke images of stone ruins, cliff dwellings, pot shards, and petroglyphs. For others, they recall ancestry. Remnants of the American Southwest's ancestral Puebloan peoples (sometimes known as Anasazi) have mystified and tantalized explorers, settlers, archaeologists, artists, and other visitors for centuries. And for a select group of writers, these ancient inhabitants have been a profound source of inspiration. Collected here are more than fifty selections from a striking body of literature about the prehistoric Southwest: essays, stories, travelers' reports, and poems spanning more than four centuries of visitation. They include timeless writings such as John Wesley Powell's The Exploration of the Colorado River and Its Tributaries and Frank Hamilton Cushing's "Life at Zuni," plus contemporary classics ranging from Colin Fletcher's The Man Who Walked Through Time to Wallace Stegner's Beyond the Hundredth Meridian to Edward Abbey's "The Great American Desert." Reuben Ellis's introduction brings contemporary insight and continuity to the collection, and a section on "reading in place" invites readers to experience these great works amidst the landscapes that inspired them. For anyone who loves to roam ancient lands steeped in mystery, Stories and Stone is an incomparable companion that will enhance their enjoyment.
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The Lost World of the Old Ones: Discoveries in the Ancient Southwest

Author: David Roberts

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

ISBN: 0393241890

Category: Social Science

Page: 352

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An award-winning author and veteran mountain climber takes us deep into the Southwest backcountry to uncover secrets of its ancient inhabitants. For more than 5,000 years the Ancestral Puebloans—Native Americans who flourished long before the first contact with Europeans—occupied the Four Corners region of the southwestern United States. Just before AD 1300, they abandoned their homeland in a migration that remains one of prehistory's greatest puzzles. Northern and southern neighbors of the Ancestral Puebloans, the Fremont and Mogollon likewise flourished for millennia before migrating or disappearing. Fortunately, the Old Ones, as some of their present-day descendants call them, left behind awe-inspiring ruins, dazzling rock art, and sophisticated artifacts ranging from painted pots to woven baskets. Some of their sites and relics had been seen by no one during the 700 years before David Roberts and his companions rediscovered them. In The Lost World of the Old Ones, Roberts continues the hunt for answers begun in his classic book, In Search of the Old Ones. His new findings paint a different, fuller portrait of these enigmatic ancients—thanks to the breakthroughs of recent archaeologists. Roberts also recounts his last twenty years of far-flung exploits in the backcountry with the verve of a seasoned travel writer. His adventures range across Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, and southwestern Colorado, illuminating the mysteries of the Old Ones as well as of the more recent Navajo and Comanche. Roberts calls on his climbing and exploratory expertise to reach remote sanctuaries of the ancients hidden within nearly vertical cliffs, many of which are unknown to archaeologists and park rangers. This ongoing quest combines the shock of new discovery with a deeply felt connection to the landscape, and it will change the way readers experience, and imagine, the American Southwest.
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Marietta Wetherill

Life with the Navajos in Chaco Canyon

Author: Marietta Wetherill

Publisher: UNM Press

ISBN: 9780826318206

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 241

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First published in 1992 and now available only from the University of New Mexico Press, this is a firsthand account of life at a famous archaeological ruin. Married to Richard Wetherill, the rancher and amateur archaeologist who ran a trading post in Chaco Canyon from 1896 until he was murdered by a Navajo in 1910, Marietta Wetherill got to know her Navajo neighbors as intimately as an Anglo could. While Richard was excavating at Pueblo Bonito, Marietta managed the trading post. She befriended a singer who adopted her into his clan and gave her a close-up view of Navajo medicine and religion.
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Colorado prehistory

a context for the Southern Colorado River Basin

Author: Crow Canyon Archaeological Center,Colorado Council of Professional Archaeologists

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 562

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ANCIENT PUEBLO PEOPLES

Author: Linda S. Cordell

Publisher: Smithsonian Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 176

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Examines the history and culture of some of the Indian tribes of the Southwest United States, including the Pueblo, Mogollon, and Anasazi tribes.
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Assembling the Past

Studies in the Professionalization of Archaeology

Author: Alice Beck Kehoe,Mary Beth Emmerichs

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: Social Science

Page: 241

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These twelve essays focus on the struggle to professionalize Americanist archaeology in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
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Chiefs, Agents & Soldiers

Conflict on the Navajo Frontier, 1868-1882

Author: William Haas Moore

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: N.A

Category: History

Page: 355

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In Navajo history the decades immediately following the release from the Bosque Redondo in 1868 are years of privation. Reunion with their homeland soothed some of the sorrow of their Long Walk, but daily life for the Navajo remained nearly as harsh as at Fort Sumner. In the fourteen years following their incarceration, Navajo leaders struggled constantly to feed their people while abiding by the terms of their release to avoid armed conflict and cease raiding. In this ethnohistory, the chiefs - particularly Barboncito, Ganado Mucho, and Manuelito - emerge as extraordinary leaders who held together a fragile peace by alternately accommodating and challenging often hostile officials while convincing their people to endure hardships born of Washington's disregard for their welfare. When necessary, they even tracked down and punished errant Navajos whose raids threatened the peace. Through the courage and patience of the chiefs, working with the few conscientious agents and soldiers sent to oversee their lives, the Navajo not only survived but learned how to adapt to a dominant society.
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