People of Chaco: A Canyon and Its Culture (Paperback)
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"[W]ritten in the best tradition of the science writer and the mystery writer. . . . [A] breathtaking piece of work."—Jake Page, Washington Times
In northwestern New Mexico's Chaco Canyon lies a spectacular array of ruins. Like Stonehenge, they are both a monument to our pre-history and a cryptic puzzle. We know that in Chaco Canyon, one thousand years ago, there arose among the Pueblo people a great and culturally sophisticated civilization. But many questions remain: Just what function did Chaco Canyon fulfill? How great was its extent and influence? Why did its culture collapse? First published in 1986 and now updated with the latest archaeological and anthropological evidence, People of Chaco is an essential book for the general reader on the Chaco culture and ruins. With grace and erudition, Kendrick Frazier scours the canyon for clues about its unique cultural system, confirms its importance to archaeology, and saves this vital American narrative from the oblivion of history.
About the Author
Kendrick Frazier, the author of several books and the former editor of Science News, lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Kendrick Frazier has combined scientific and ethnographic data with Native American oral history to develop a concise account of this national monument.
— Los Angeles Times Book Review
By-the-fireside archaeology at its best.
— Paul Craig - Sacramento Bee