The Case of the Vanishing Anasazi Ch. 1-3

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The Case of the Vanishing Anasazi:

The Case of the Vanishing Anasazi Chapters 1 - 3

Anasazi:

Anasazi A Native American people who lived in what is now southern CO and UT and northern AZ and NM and who built cliff dwellings

Cliff Palace:

Cliff Palace A place where the Anasazi built tall housing out of adobe and backed into a cliff for protection

Mesa Verde:

Mesa Verde A national park created to protect the cliff dwellings created by the Anasazi people

Native American:

Native American The first group of people who lived in North America; also called indians

ancient:

ancient Very old or from very long ago

blessing:

blessing A prayer used to make sacred or to ask God to look after someone or something

branch:

branch A part of a tree that grows out of its trunk like an arm and can be covered with leaves

camouflage:

camouflage Disguised to blend in with surroundings

canyon:

canyon A deep, narrow valley with steep sides

case:

case A mystery or problem that needs to be solved

ceremonies:

ceremonies A special occasion or event that people gather to celebrate

chanted:

chanted To say or sing something over and over again

civilization:

civilization A highly developed and organized group of people

clue:

clue Evidence or fact that helps solve a mystery

decoder ring:

decoder ring A ring that helps solve puzzles; it has dials with letters and pictures that are turned to match and spell out clues

detective:

detective A person who uses information and clues to solve a mystery

disapproving:

disapproving Not accepting; not in agreement with

drought:

drought An extended period of time with no rain

dusk:

dusk Time of day after sunset when it is nearly dark

entrance:

entrance A door or opening that allows a person inside something

flashlight:

flashlight A portable light that is powered by a battery

handprint:

handprint An imprint of a hand in any substance such as clay or mud

hole:

hole A hollow place or a gap

humanity:

humanity All the people living on the earth

hunted:

hunted To search for animals to kill for food

kiva:

kiva An underground room used by the Anasazi for ceremonies

magnifying glass:

magnifying glass A glass lens that makes things look bigger

mesa:

mesa A flat-topped hill or mountain with steep sides, common in southwestern United States

museum:

museum A building or place where works of art, scientific specimens or other objects of permanent value are kept and displayed

mystery:

mystery Something that is not known or cannot be explained

national park:

national park Public land set aside to protect a natural or historic area and maintained by the U.S. government

petroglyphs:

petroglyphs Rock carvings

photograph:

photograph A picture made with a camera

pottery:

pottery Objects made of baked clay such as bowls, plates or vases

restricted:

restricted Not allowed

ruins:

ruins The remains of very old buildings

sacrifice:

sacrifice To offer a gift to a god by killing or burning something

scientist:

scientist A person who is an expert in one or more sciences

sipapu:

sipapu A small hole in the floor of a kiva thought to be the entrance to the spirit world

spirit:

spirit The part of a person that is believed to control thoughts and feelings; the soul

summon:

summon To call someone to you

vanished:

vanished Disappear without warning or explanation

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