People of Chaco: A Canyon and Its Culture


Praised as a "beautiful piece of work" that is "written in the best tradition of the science writer" (Washington Times), People of Chaco is the essential book on the spectacular array of ruins at Chaco Canyon. Like Stonehenge, the ruins are both a monument to our prehistory and a cryptic puzzle. We know that in Chaco Canyon, one thousand years ago, there arose among the Pueblo people a great and culturally sophisticated civilization. Kendrick Frasier addresses questions raised by the famous ruins: What function did Chaco Canyon fulfill? How great was the extent and influence of Chaco culture? Why did it collapse?

Frazier scours the canyon for clues and, in this expanded edition, adds the freshest discoveries on cosmographic orientation of Chaco's buildings, reports conclusions of the new Chaco Synthesis Project, updates the cannibalism controversy, and summarizes ther new archaeological and scientific understanding of this major landmark of the Southwest.

Kendrick Frazier has combined scientific and ethnographic data with Native American oral history to develop a concise account of this national monument - Los Angeles Times Book Review

  • ISBN-13: 978-0-393318-25-8
  • Genre: Nonfiction
  • Format: Paperback
  • Trim: 6 1/2" X 9 1/4"
  • Page count: 320 pages
  • Published by W. W. Norton & Company in 2005
  • Written by Kendrick Frazer
  • Audience: Adult
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