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By Mary Lynn Bushong
1 For thousands of years the Anasazi built a culture in the American West. At first they lived in Utah and Colorado. Then they moved south to the Arizona and New Mexico region. The land was dryer but warmer.
2 Over the years they had built up a rich tradition of myth and legend that underscored their religious beliefs. Those beliefs were influenced by their dependence on agriculture.
3 After living in an arid climate for many years, the people understood the need for careful use of water. They built special irrigation ditches to water their corn and other crops. Their lives depended on their proper use and design.
4 The men were the ones in charge of the religious aspects of their society. They held their rituals in an underground chamber called a Kiva. They were also the weavers of the village, while the women were potters.
5 There were differences in language between many of the Pueblo people. Some Hopi spoke a language related to the Aztecs, while others spoke Keresan, and the Zunis spoke a language that was original to them.
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