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The Anasazi Indians lived in the desert in southwest Colorado and in Mesa Verde the largest archeologist preserve in the United States The Anasazi also lived in Chaco Canyon and in two river valleys the San Juan and the Colorado Anasazi meant the ancient ones The legend that describes how the Anasazi first appeared goes like this In the beginning there was only the creator Three worlds were created but destroyed by fire ice and flood Those with the creator were spared with their lives Those people became the fourth world The people had to claim surrounding lands for the creator and then reunite with each other in the center of the world Those people became the Anasazi Indians The Anasazi first lived at Chaco Canyon and after that they went to Mesa Verde In 1100 AD the Indians went back to Chaco Canyon and then 150 years later went south to the Rio Grande At first the Anasazi lived in caves The Indians then moved into pit houses or subterranean homes The Anasazi started building pueblos but finally settled in cliff dwellings along Chaco Canyon At Chaco religion seemed to be the Anasazis center focus The Anasazi had kivas or religious chambers where the men smoked and called to the ancient ones The Indians made prayers for luck in hunting rain or for good crops Corn was the most important crop for the Anasazi The Indians lives centered around corn for they thought that corn was the milk from Mother Earths breast The Anasazi had celestial calendars to tell them when to harvest and grow crops The Anasazi grew corn roots squash and beans The women of the Anasazi made the clothing The Anasazi used cotton to weave into cloth and they also used Yucca leaves to weave clothes and baskets For defense against enemies the Anasazi Indians made their homes hard to reach
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