Behind, the Anasazi left inspiring petroglyphs, pictographs, elaborate tools and pottery so well preserved they could have been built and used yesterday. As a practical matter, the sophisticated stone and mud dwellings constructed inside the eroded cliffs and canyon walls provided protection, not only from the weather, but against hostile enemies and other unseen dangers that may have lurked around at the time. During the warm spring and summer days, the Anasazi tilled land on top of the mesas and in the drainage lands that lay beneath their homes. To suppliment a diet which included meat, their crops mainly consisted of corn, grains, nuts, barries, rooted plants, squash and pumpkins. The Anasazi were also extremely successful at growing fruit trees, a great accomplishment in the dry desert climate.
The inspiration for this sculpture was born in my childhood years where, at the age of 13, I traveled to Mesa Verde, Colorado, with boy scout troop. Remnants of the ancient ladders and unexplored portions of the ancient ruins were evident at that time. My curiosity was piqued as to where the Anasazi went, and why, a question which still remains a great mystery to this day.
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