House of Rain

House of Rain

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In this landmark work on the Anasazi tribes of the Southwest, naturalist Craig Childs dives head on into the mysteries of this vanished people.





The various tribes that made up the Anasazi people converged on Chaco Canyon (New Mexico) during the 11th century to create a civilization hailed as "the Las Vegas of its day," a flourishing cultural center that attracted pilgrims from far and wide, and a vital crossroads of the prehistoric world. By the 13th century, however, Chaco's vibrant community had disappeared without a trace.





Was it drought? Pestilence? War? Forced migration, mass murder or suicide? Conflicting theories have abounded for years, capturing the North American imagination for eons.

Join Craig Childs as he draws on the latest scholarly research, as well as a lifetime of exploration in the forbidden landscapes of the American Southwest, to shed new light on this compelling mystery. He takes us from Chaco Canyon to the highlands of Mesa Verde, to the Mongollon Rim; to a contemporary Zuni community where tribal elders maintain silence about the fate of their Lost Others; and to the largely unexplored foothills of the Sierra Madre in Mexico, where abundant remnants of Anasazi culture lie yet to be uncovered.
Publisher: London : Little, Brown, 2008.
Edition: First Back Bay pbk. edition
ISBN: 9780316067546
0316067547
Branch Call Number: 978.982 CHILDS C
Characteristics: xiv, 496 pages ; 21 cm.

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Atlas of a Lost World

The rains became unpredictable, societal chaos threatened, and so they walked. Nearly a thousand years later author Craig Childs also walked, trying to follow their slow migration from Mesa Verde to Chaco Canyon and on south to the Sierra Madre. House of Rain, published a decade ago, is one of my favorite books by one of my favorite authors, exploring one of my favorite areas. You can't… (more)


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2013Retire
Apr 01, 2019

Fascinating discussion of ancient pueblo people & the authors journey of discovery.
Highly recommended.

SPPL_János Mar 15, 2018

Experienced desert wanderer Childs traces the journeys of the Ancestral Puebloans, catching tantalizing glimpses of their complex societies everywhere from well-known ruins to uncharted back canyons. At turns academic and lyrical, Childs is a unique voice that conveys the siren song of a people veiled by time and an arduous environment.

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