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Library JournalChilds (The Secret Knowledge of Water) guides readers on an enthralling journey across ancient trailways to the ruins of the Anasazi peoples, whose civilization spanned the Southwestern American desert from the 11th through the 13th centuries. Beginning at the monumental cultural center of Chaco Canyon, where the Anasazi flourished, Childs's quest to understand their apparent disappearance leads him to the numerous great houses of New Mexico, such as Pueblo Bonito, to the Four Corners area of northeastern Arizona, southern Colorado and Utah, and beyond to northern Mexico. In these places, he identifies features that had not appeared prior to the apparent abandonment of Chaco (thus implying that the Anasazi migrated to these areas). Childs vividly weaves his personal narrative, imbued with a deep respect for the geography and cultural landscape, with scientific research and numerous interactions with foremost scholars. Black-and-white photos and an extensive bibliography increase the book's value. Recommended for all collections in Southwestern and Native American studies.
—Michelle Mittrach Garcia