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The Anasazi

The Anasazi – The Anunnaki

Some pottery reflects their arrogance and mockery of the holy people, claiming they could take the heart from one dog and put it into another dog, with both dogs surviving.


The Anasazi were people who worshipped the darkness, as we are told. They made their prayer offerings to the darkness, and many kivas were used for these ceremonial purposes.

There are many stories our people tell about the Anasazi and their actions during their brief time here, probably less than 300 years. When our people first arrived, they found the Pueblo people and another group called the cliff dwellers. The cliff dwellers are significant in our history because they became part of us. We have many clan names that originated from them, but those people are no more.

The cliff dwellers eventually became the Navajo and had clans of their own. The Anasazi, on the other hand, were very different from our people. They had a principal economy based on the slave trade and subjected their people to harsh conditions. They are depicted in broken pottery, representing the destruction of their society. Many slaves destroyed evidence of the Anasazi’s existence after their fall.

The Pueblo and cliff dweller people predate the Anasazi, but today, any cliff dwelling or Pueblo structure is often mistakenly labeled as Anasazi. This is incorrect and should be rectified. When the Navajo teach about these things, they emphasize the distinction between the Anasazi and other groups.

Our traditional stories and ceremonies are structured around the time before, during, and after the Anasazi. It’s important to understand the evil and demonic ways of the Anasazi. They built walls not to keep people out but to keep slaves in, subjecting them to severe punishments to ensure obedience. Some pottery reflects their arrogance and mockery of the holy people, claiming they could take the heart from one dog and put it into another dog, with both dogs surviving.

After the Anasazi’s complete destruction, people shattered pottery in anger, creating large mounds of broken pieces. Our stories tell of the Holy People causing winds and other natural forces to dry up wells and destroy the Anasazi’s crops, leading to their downfall.

Many of the structures built by different groups of people exhibit varied construction techniques and designs. These differences reflect the diversity of the groups that built them, often using materials carried from far distances.

The kivas, constructed during the Anasazi era, were often altars used for human sacrifices, dedicated to worshipping the darkness. These practices are part of the stories passed down through generations.

It’s very important to know among our people there are so many stories of the evil and demonic way that the Anasazi lived near our people for a period of time. The walls in that area are very different, built by different Pueblo groups of people or different slave groups of people. The physical evidence is there. The Navajo tell stories about how the Anasazi used slave labor, how those huge logs were transported from over 150 miles away, and how they constructed those walls.

The walls were not built to keep people out but to keep people in. Serious punishments were inflicted on slaves, including torture and hunger, to make them obedient. Pottery shows some slaves mocking the holy people of the Navajo, claiming they were more intelligent and should be their gods.

After the Anasazi were completely destroyed, people felt so much anger that they shattered and broke all of the pottery. There are still huge piles of broken pottery all over the place. Even today, you can find great mounds of broken pottery.

The Navajo say that the Holy People caused a big wind to destroy the crops and drive away the Anasazi’s slaves. The slaves abandoned the Anasazi, hid in canyons, or joined other groups. After the Anasazi were no more, they came back and resumed their lives. They were called Ayakini before the Anasazi’s destruction and Kisani, meaning housekeepers, afterward.

There are many stories about the evil ways of the Anasazi. The Holy People caused rocks to cave in and big winds to dry up all the wells in the area. This area was referred to as the place of crying and dying, called “Chaco” by our people. It was considered a very evil place after all the people who practiced slavery and other horrible things were destroyed.

Many of the walls in this area were built by different groups captured from various locations. Each group had its way of building walls, but the technique was generally similar. You can see the different designs and textures of the rock. Some walls have log poles for constructing floors that come through the walls, while others do not. The walls are about three feet thick, with an inner face and an outer face filled with rock and clay.

One type of wall design uses thinner rock in a continuous row, different from walls that use larger rocks. Small flat pieces of rock were often carried from long distances by children or elderly people to fill gaps between larger rocks.

The Navajo say the Holy People caused the rocks to cave in on some structures, destroying the Anasazi dwellings. Large boulders crashed into these walls, and the structures were destroyed.

Some kivas were altars used by the Anasazi for human sacrifices, worshipping the darkness. These practices are part of the stories passed down through generations.

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