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People of the Mesa

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In wild hills untouched by the white man, they carved out a civilization...

Generations before Columbus the Anasazi built their pueblos across the American Southwest. A people rich with ritual and tradition, they lived in harmony with nature...until a hostile tribe threatened them with extinction.

Uhtatse, although only a youth new to manhood, is guardian of the land and its
Mass Market Paperback, 297 pages
Published March 1992 by Diamond/Charter
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I finished it, so that's something.

Uhtatse is the One Who Smelled the Wind, chosen as a young boy and trained to sense everything around him and essentially be the "watch dog" of his people. He has a vision of an epic attack on his people that threatens their extinction and comes upon the brilliant idea of moving from the mesa top into the caves on the cliffside. No one listens, and a warlike tribe that Mayhar calls the Tsununni do attack and he and his wife in the cliff dwelling that they made
"People of the Mesa" is an entertaining, well-researched speculative fiction about how the Anasazi and similar First Peoples may have come to live in the dangerous cliffside dwellings about which we have all learned in social studies class.

The main character, Uhtatse, is his clan's One Who Smells the Wind -- the person most familiar with all of the goings-on of the mesas. When he learns that an enemy tribe will be coming to attack, he designs a cliffside home that can be defended by one person i
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I wanted to like this book. I really, really did. But I just couldn't. I love novels about North America before the arrival of the Europeans, especially those focusing on the Anasazi. I had high hopes when I picked up this one, and unfortunately not a one of them were met. The concept is interesting, that of a man trying to convince his people to move from the tops of the mesas to live on the cliff faces as the threat of the enemy grows. The book was just executed so poorly that I couldn't be bo ...more
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