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The Ancient Cliff Dwellers of Mesa Verde The Ancient Cliff Dwellers of Mesa Verde

The Anasazi, the "ancient ones" in the Navajo language, were a Native American people with a unique and highly developed culture. They raised crops; practiced their religion; created fine pottery, baskets, and stone and bone tools; and traded for shells, cloth, and news with travelers from the outside world. For more than ten centuries, the Anasazi lived in communities throughout the southwest. At Mesa Verde, a high tableland in southwestern Colorado, they created intricate networks of stone buildings on top of the mesa and beneath the canyon walls. Then, around 1300, the inhabitants of Mesa Verde simply vanished. Today, Mesa Verde is a national park. In this book you can tour the cliff dwellings and ceremonial chambers and learn about the Anasazi way of life

Prizes and Awards
  • California Collection, 2007, California Readers
  • School Library Journal, Best Books of the Year
  • Junior Library Guild choice for April-September 1992
  • Maine Student Book Award
  • Children's Projects
  • Write a paragraph or have a discussion about how your life would be different without metal or wheels (or modern conveniences like electricity and telephones!)
  • Make a chart to show what was going on in other parts of the world 1000 years ago when people were living at Mesa Verde or 2000 years ago when people were living at Teotihuacan.
  • Project idea: make your own Mesa Verde model
  • Reviews
    School Library Journal

    Sharply focused and dramatic full-page, full-color photographs are an outstanding feature in this book on the Anasazi people of the American southwest. Mesa Verde serves as the backdrop and focal point... An engrossing introduction to the culture, place, and time and how we have learned about them.