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May 26, 2020

History’s Cry–Questions about the Anasazi Indians in Chaco Canyon

By Allen Manning

Captured images of long gone hours working righteously in unison for a common goal now revealing only a structures heart. Bereft of souls upon which each stone was cast lay rubble and sand mixed clays.

Once where children played, animals grazed as people lived out their days, now lizards lounge above snake-infested grounds in empty homes no laughter there abounds.

Anasazi Ruins by Allen Manning

Come see where waters once flowed. Between hovel and home here now only dust clouds fill what once were window sills.

Why build the first Las Vegas of the west to leave these once golden cities of the past to times gamble? Perched between shallow cliffs each covered in golden splatter now only reverberate with tourist chatter. Come listen in dawns early rise the calls of civilizations first American fall. Destined for such are we who build cities of steel to follow those who marked the earth in stone.

Where did they go, when they roamed far a foot, wheeled upon great roads? Are in each who here gather some great part of them that still matters? Or, long gone from our present as from our tomorrow. Will we one day them follow? Or will we they recall and learn the secretes of the Anasazi Doom. @roadmonkeyone

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In Search of the Anasazi and the Cities of Cibola (Gold)

Studying the Anasazi with Allen Manning

North of the main settlements of Chaco Canyon Aztec National Ruins Park holds as many questions as answers. Here alongside cold, fast-flowing waters, Anasazi built a great Kiva and several smaller kivas situated about their five-story-high multi-room complex. Structures that for the most part have stood up to time’s ravages almost didn’t survive the looters.

These doors are taller and wider than most found throughout theses ruins. Looters cut through the three-foot-thick walls as they dug out rooms along the western side of the complex in search of treasures.

Pottery, tools and some artifacts long since taken by the looters rest in private collections and a few museums. As far as archeologist can tell no cache of gold passed out of these doors in the hands of looters.

Doorways of the Anasazi with Allen Manning

In 1542 when Spanish explorer Vasquez de Coronado set out through the region in search of the Seven Cities of Cibola (Gold) he returned without either gold or the cities’ locations.  By the time his men snaked their way through the Chocoan region the inhabitants of this and all the other Anasazi cites had been gone several hundred years.

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Leaving Anasazi Country

 

By Allen Manning

Fires crackled and burned, stones cracked in the intense heat as plaster explodes from overheated walls. Timbers once the structure’s primary unifying agent betray it room by room. Ceilings collapse onto over-weighted upper floors as each dominoes till walls fall stripped of support by a growing fire stormfalling in pieces upon the embers.

Chaco Canyon Anasazi Ruin by Allen Manning

Others abandoned by their builders, used now by passing nomads tending flocks and seeking castoffs from a long fled society.

Chacoan, Anasazi, Hohokam, Patayan or Mogollon, regardless the name current Pueblo descendants may call those who built the ruins that so vividly displays  ancient builders’ technology, they came here first. And here they built a society with roads, astronomy and sophisticated rituals centuries before any other North American people had moved out of single story long houses of wood and mud structures.

Many Kivas and pueblos in the 13 known major Chacoan era Pueblo builders were destroyed by fires. It is not known if any were intently set ablaze by departing builders or by enemy raiders.
Cannibalized  remains at several sights suggest to some grizzly fate befell the builders. But so many questions and so few answers leave us asking, are these builders’ bones, enemies or witches.  Were they cannibalized, or just brutally butchered and burned with the tumbled down buildings.

Questions will be addressed, answers sought from current Pueblo residents and regional experts. But for now this first journey into the great builders of the American West is coming into a close. More research and and a second trip already in the planning stages are underway. I solicit your touts, memories and understandings of the people and their past. There are some 22 Pueblo tribes in the southwest. I seek each for memories and answers.

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Chevy Delivers 2012 Equinox to Allen Manning for Trip to Anasazi Country

Our own Allen Manning departs Dallas tomorrow headed to the Four Corners Region of the United States to begin work on our interactive book about Chaco Canyon and the Anasazi Indians.  Watch the video of Allen Manning in his 2012 Equinox, Courtesy of @GMTexas

He just took delivery of the car, which will be decked out with identification information about TheWondersExpedition.com and our sponsor, GM of Texas, with the hashtag of #TWEChevy.

Allen’s got some great prizes to give away, too, from those who might spy the car on the road between here and New Mexico.  If you see the car, take a photo of it and then tweet it with the #TWEChevy hashtag.  You might just win some very cool stuff from Chevy!

Again, we offer a special thanks to Vicki Cosgrove of GM Texas for helping make this even possible.

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Meet Allen Manning, aka, @RoadMonkeyOne

The Wonders Expedition™ begins with images from a past shared with the present. Looking for a road map in these images, this Road Monkey seeks answers to long standing riddles cut across the landscape.

Etched ages before Conquistadors crisscrossed the American Southwest when wetter weather graced now parched plains.  Each image is a story of passing.

Passing generations, carving lives from a hostile environment along the southern central plains of the Three Rivers Valley near the Sierra Blanca Basin in New Mexico.

It’s believed that for 10,000 years human feet cut paths through these black varnished rocky hills recording their world. These images, many recognizable as big horn sheep, thunder birds (vultures) and medicine wheels.  While some appear to be shamans or other-worldly figures cut in black varnished rocks most laid down some 30-million years ago. The black desert varnish, a combination of manganese oxide, iron oxide and clay deposited on the volcanic stones by a native bacteria growing on boulders and rock surfaces accepts and holds well the long ago graffiti of Anasazi and later Jornada Mogollon natives.

What are these pieces? Messages, a mixed metamorphosis of cultures long lost, their wants and thoughts or prayers offered to the four winds. The descendants of those early artists still roam these hills, albeit in Chevys and Tahoes, etching on the ageless landscape the hopes, dreams and prayers in various graffiti.

Journey with this Road Monkey seeking the points between knowledge (light) and superstition (darkness) in an Equinox of unparalleled understanding.  Follow the adventure on Twitter with @roadmonkeyone, @archeoastronomy and our unique hashtag, #TWEChevy

Travels in the #TWEChevy Equinox begin Friday March 9, 2012…  Join us…

 

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