built the numerous communal dwellings, or pueblos, many now in ruins, on the high plateau of the southwestern United States.
The oldest remains are in the Four Corners region, where Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico, and Utah adjoin.
His love for humanity was greater than his bond for other creatures, he explained, and he willingly Forfeited his place in paradise to prove it.
This is a region comparable in size to modern France, but great uninhabited stretches lay between the villages, which were located where water was available.
The Anasazi culture is believed to have gradually evolved out of a nonagricultural base of the ancient Desert culture, once widespread in western North America, though precise evidence of the transition has yet to be discovered. 50 These early Anasazi camped in the open or lived in caves seasonally. Most of the traditional Anasazi villages in the Four Corners Area are abandoned by 1300. However, the resilient and resourceful Pueblo still live and maintain their thousands-of-years-old culture.
have been in part derived from the Mogollon culture, an older tradition of settled agriculturalists and ceramics producers who flourished from c.100 b.c. 1400 in the mountain areas of east central Arizona and west central New Mexico. Hunters used stone-tipped spears and knives, atlatl and dart or spear, and hunted deer, bighorn sheep and antelope. During this period they increasingly relied on cultivated gardens of corn and squash, but no beans. had begun by this time to cultivate squash and a type of maize.
The earth trembled and a great rift appeared, separating the first man and woman from the rest of the animal kingdom.
As the chasm grew deeper and wider, all other creatures, afraid for Their lives, returned to the forest - except for the dog, who after much consideration, leapt the perilous rift to stay with the humans on the other side.
Plain pottery and gray with neck bands predominate; there is some black-on-white and decorated redware. Small blocks of above-ground masonry rooms and a kiva make up a typical pueblo.