America : Seventeen Centuries on the Road from Center Place
At the height of their power in the late eleventh
century, the Chaco Anasazi dominated a territory in the American
Southwest larger than any European principality of the time. A vast and
powerful alliance of thousands of farming hamlets and nearly 100
spectacular towns integrated the region through economic and religious
ties, and the whole system was interconnected with hundreds of miles of
roads. It took these Anasazi farmers more than seven centuries to lay
the agricultural, organizational, and technological groundwork for the
creation of classic Chacoan civilization, which lasted about 200
yearsonly to collapse spectacularly in a mere 40.
Why did such a great society collapse? Who survived?
Why? In this lively book anthropologist/archaeologist David Stuart
presents answers to these questions that offer useful lessons to modern
societies. His account of the rise and fall of the Chaco Anasazi brings
to life the people known to us today as the architects of Chaco Canyon,
the spectacular national park in New Mexico that thousands of tourists
visit every year.
Chacos failure, Stuart argues, was a failure to adapt
to the consequences of rapid growth. Foremost among Chacoans problems
were misuse of farmland, malnutrition, loss of community, and inability
to deal with climatic catastrophe. The descendants of the Anasazi, the
Pueblo Indians of the Southwest, adapted strategically to minimize the
impact of these problems. Stuart sees the contrasting fates of the
Anasazi and their Pueblo descendants as a parable for modern societies.
About the Author
David E. Stuart, associate provost and professor of anthropology
at the University of New Mexico, is also the author of Prehistoric
New Mexico, Glimpses
of the Ancient Southwest, and The
Magic of Bandelier.
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