House of Rain
Tracking a Vanished Civilisation Across the South West
By (author) Craig Childs
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House of Rain by Craig Childs
Book DescriptionThe greatest 'unsolved mystery' of the American Southwest relates to the Anasazi, the native peoples who in the 11th century converged on Chaco Canyon (now New Mexico) and built a flourishing cultural center that attracted pilgrims from far and wide, a vital crossroads of the prehistoric world. The Anasazis' accomplishments - in agriculture, in art, in commerce, in architecture and engineering - were astounding, rivaling those of the Mayans in distant Central America. By the 13th century, however, the Anasazi were gone from Chaco. Vanished. What was it - drought? pestilence? war? forced migration? mass murder or suicide? Craig Childs draws on scholarly research and a lifetime of adventure and exploration in the American Southwest, to pursue the mystery of their disappearance. Considering many possibilities - drought, suicide - he points the way to a new understanding of how a vibrant civilization collapsed.HOUSE OF RAIN is a landmark work in the literature of ancient Native American culture, a key to a fascinating and mysterious lost civilization.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780316067546
(216mm x 135mm x 44mm)
Imprint: Little, Brown & Company
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publish Date: 14-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States
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"Reflective but not romanticized, THE ANIMAL DIALOGUES is a quietly seductive ode to the power of mindfulness." --People
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Author Biography - Craig Childs
Craig Childs is also a river guide, a field instructor in natural history, an adventurer, and a writer. He camps in the wilds of the American West several months of the year, usually living in the back of his truck, out of a river vessel, or from his backpack.
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