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The 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 Details

ISBN: 9780316067546
ISBN-10: 0316067547
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 135mm x 44mm)
Pages: 512
Imprint: Little, Brown & Company
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Publish Date: 14-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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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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