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Kiva Archives - The Wonders Expedition™ - @Archeoastronomy

April 18, 2021

Ancient pueblo builders of Chaco Canyon

What doors open remain after words filled with blame curse those who came?

Ancient pueblo builders….

When plowing through ruins in one of the fire ravaged puddles of Utah archeologist found bones of dismembered and apparently stewed people in he rubble. Marks on the bones similar to knives removing flesh seems to call cannibalism into question.

What surprises researchers most in the ravaged structure is the neatly deposited human fecal matter on what was the residents hearth.

Within he DNA of the visitors excrement are tale-tale signs of partially digested human flesh.

A story once relayed to me by a native American relative of mine calls into our memories the shared fears of witchcraft and those who practice dark arts.

While listening to my relative I hear of a powerfully witch – commonly called a Skin walker by southwestern American natives- who kept villages around his small rock and adobe house in fear.

So great was the fear that a few villages fearing hey had angered the Skin Walker when water ran lower than normal and foods were rat infested, moved.

After some years passed another skin walker arrived promising to rid the area of the evil skin walker, but the people would pay a stiff price if She failed.

The pueblo residents were called on to attack and kill the skin walker. Burn his home and utterly destroy every vessel in or around his home. Once they had finished, the new skin walker then ordered a great fire made with timbers from dead skin walkers home. Upon this fire a great stewing pot filled with the Urine of all the villagers was set to boil.

Within that pot are placed the rendered remains of the dead skin walker. Cooking the cannibalistic stew for days the remaining skin walker chanted and sang to send the dead skin walkers spirit back into the underworld.

When the last chant ended, she scooped out bowl after bowl of the broth feeding it to each of the villagers.

Eating the last of the reeking meaty broth herself she then danced through the ruins until she stood on the hearth. At that point with everyone watching she flipped up her skirt revealing her a hermaphrodite nature, then promptly defecated on the hearth…and with great laughter changed into the old skin-walker they’d just killed and eaten.

Aware that the villagers had been tricked they rekindled the flames for the skin walkers home and returned to their village. Torching their own Kivas, the dedicated in the meeting rooms of heir three-hundred room pueblo and left with only the close on their backs. All pottery, and tools broken and scattered, nothing taken with them.

To take anything from their doomed village would have allowed the skin walker to find them in their future home.

The moral, she said,  you never now how bad it can be till you make a devils deal for another chance at life, only to loose everything you have…

What door will you open in your world and what spirit will you welcome? Will your future reflect your past or be a celebration of he lessons now well learned.
@archeoastronomy @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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Anasazi Artifacts and Their Mystery Purposes

Tan, black and red swirling patterns bound with fire upon a frame for the tiny fingers of a child.

Anasazi Artifacts by Allen Manning

Or did once the sand in rusted vessel hold sweet aromas bound for a feminine client seeking to allure a husband’s nose? Found in fields turned for decades by plows behind horse and man. Unearthed where several small Kivas lie, back filled protecting structure and history, in my family’s careful hands it rests.

In a museum some similar vessels I found, labeled for religious purposes with no supporting evidence around. When asked, the curator eluded to other relics about the world that they’d found. Simple, small, and round, who but for medicine could it be bound. Conjecture on our paths to an answer, whose thoughts will the future from a past make clear when an ancient builder the item makes clear?

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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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Tour Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon, New Mexico

Bouncing about along ridged dirt and gravel paths our trek into Chaco Canyon begins a few hours after sunrise. Occasional stops to capture images of the geology and history afford us moments to stretch for the walks ahead.

Pueblo Bonito By Allen Manning

Mungo Pavi ruin just the west of the main entrance is the first stop. Three other pueblos entertain modern visits. Videos and pictures highlighting a people’s life in a land less receptive to habitation now than a thousand years ago I stand astounded and surrounded by others equally as awed.

Circling through crumbling walls and rooms with dirt now filled, once bounding with laughter and cries of a people long from this valley a living here tried.

We stepped through halls long now paths for rabbits and mice, once echoed with leather and yucca fiber sandals.

Seeing the level of construction with each successive rebuilding by Chacoan residents reflects their desire to improve on their past and grow a future.

Wandering from rooms in Pueblo Bonito on the third level of a four story complex abandoned before the first Conquistadors tread through this land other’s voices of wonder recall ancient visitors first visit to the complex.

No warriors stands reflected in the construction rather security from the elements with walls three-feet-thick, many hollow rocks stands filled with sand. Great and small Kivas most round with chimneys and benches for day’s-long ceremonies. Questions of why, why here, why then and why did they leave remain unanswerable. But the answers are there in the faces of the pueblo residents who still inhabit this region. More to come on the next adventure.

RMO – Digging In

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