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        Characteristics of the Anasazi

        The Anasazi were a highly advanced indigenous group that lived in the Four Corners region of the Colorado Plateau, with major population centers in New Mexico and Arizona. They left behind many cultural artifacts that include pottery, textiles, jewelry, and hair combs.

         

        Review the images in the Media Gallery below. As you do, think about how these images may be used as the basis for a photojournalism essay about the Anasazi. Then read the associated background essay and complete the worksheet included in the Support Materials.

        Petroglyphs of the Desert and Anasazi Culture from Arizona

        This is an image of the petroglyphs of the desert and Anasazi culture from Arizona. These images were painted and otherwise drawn on the sides of cliffs for many to view. They were likely pictorial reminders of a story or history of the people who drew them.

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        Anasazi Cliff Dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park

        This is an image of the Anasazi cliff dwellings at Mesa Verde National Park. This settlement built into the side of a cliff was occupied for over 700 years between 600 and 1300 CE. It stands as a stunning reminder of the architectural abilities of these ancient peoples.

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        House on Fire Ruins

        This is a picture of the 800 year old House on Fire Ruins in Mule Canyon, Cedar Mesa, Utah. As with other cliff dwellings in the American southwest, this spectacular ruin demonstrates the great architectural talents of the Anasazi.

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        Pueblo Dancers

        The Anasazi were a highly advanced indigenous group that lived in the Four Corners region of the Colorado Plateau, with major population centers in New Mexico and Arizona. They left behind many cultural artifacts that include pottery, textiles, jewelry, and hair combs.

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