A History of the Ancient Southwest by Stephen H. Lekson.
According to archaeologist Stephen H. Lekson, much of what we think we know about the Southwest has been compressed into conventions and classifications and orthodoxies. This book challenges and reconfigures these accepted notions by telling two parallel stories, one about the development, personalities, and institutions of Southwestern archaeology and the other about interpretations of what actually happened in the ancient past.
Chaco's Northern Prodigies edited by Paul Reed
In the late eleventh and early twelfth centuries, the ancient pueblo sites of Aztec and Salmon in the Middle San Juan region rapidly emerged as population and political centers during the closing stages of Chaco's ascendancy. Some archaeologists have attributed the development of these centers to migration and colonization by people from Chaco Canyon. Others have suggested that the so-called Chacoan 'system' was largely the result of emulation of Chacoan characteristics by local groups in outlying areas. Research over the last five years in the Middle San Juan suggests that both of these processes were operating.
Aztec Ruins on the Animas by Robert H. & Florence C. Lister.
A lavishly illustrated account of the well-preserved ancestral Puebloan site of Aztec Ruins. The authors document not only the history, excavation, and preservation of the site but also its significance in the world of Chaco Canyon and Mesa Verde.
People of the Moon by W. Michael Gear and Kathleen O'Neal Gear
The authors Gear began their First North Americans series of prehistoric historical novels in 1990 with People of the Wolf. This thirteenth installment is one of the best novels in the whole series. The Gears have consistently captured early Native American life with precision, detail, and narrative excitement, but in Moon they reveal their skills to even sharper effect. The geographical locale this time is an area that will become northern New Mexico and southern Colorado; the Chaco Anasazi hold sway over the region and have done so for 200 years. As is the case with all conquering people--and almost certainly guaranteed by the people they have conquered--maintenance of suppression proves difficult.
Miniature Replica Pottery
Available only at the bookstore at Aztec Ruins National Monument are miniature replicas of 10 pieces of pottery found on exhibit at the Monument. Each piece is hand made and painted by artist William Perry.
The Lost Kachina by Heather Irbinskas, illustrated by Robert Albert.
A coloring book based on the children's picture book of the same title. A Hopi kachina doll is purchased by a schoolteacher, but when she retires, he is left on a shelf feeling unappreciated and misunderstood. A new teacher who is from the Hopi tribe finds the doll and teaches his class how to understand the kachina and the beauty and harmony in nature that he represents.
For over 1000 years the Ancestral Puebloans lived in the Four Corners country and then they moved on. What they left behind are massive stone cities on mesa tops, in natural caves and along sheer canyon walls. This splendid National Park Service film captures the serene, awesome, legendary spirit of these dwellings at Chaco Canyon, Betatakin, Mesa Verde, Canyon de Chelly, Aztec, and other sites in the San Juan system.
An interactive virtual tour of 20 National Parks, Monuments, and Historic Sites throughout the Southwest. For Macintosh or Windows.
Did You Know?
The significance of unique green stripes along western walls at Aztec Ruins is a mystery. The greywacke stone was hauled from nearby quarries. We can only guess at reasons for the inclusion by the original masons.