The Western Horizon
Wupatki National Monument, Arizona
Photo by Macduff Everton © 2000
All cultures have their dark side. To deny that is to blanch them of their humanity. Violence shrouded in taboo, surrounded certain locations Navajo call chindi – place of bad ghosts. Many of these were Anasazi sites where archaeological findings of mass graves, human dismemberment, and cannibalism punched a hole in the collective cultural memory. Pueblo Indian legends of unspeakable events gradually unfolded, like family secrets in a southern novel...

- Mary Heebner © 2000/ excerpt from Wupatki National Monument Essay,The Western Horizon (Abrams)

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