Colorado Water 2012 book review: ‘House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest’ by Craig Childs


Justice Greg Hobbs has posted a review of Craig Childs’ book House of Rain: Tracking a Vanished Civilization Across the American Southwest on Your Water Colorado Blog. Here’s an excerpt:

Follow the T-shaped doorway, the signature architectural marker of their [Ancestral Puebloans] abode and passage. It’s the perfect sign and symbol of the inverted mountain, where a sacred spring breaks forth from some deep subterranean place into what the Navajos continue to call this “glittering world,” a place to drink and farm and live in water pockets of community with your clan and domesticated turkeys.

You’ll find them not really disappeared. They’ve left their hands imprinted all over the face of sandstone cliffs, along with mountain sheep and the spiraling swirl of their creation story carved into petroglyphs on the front of kiva cornerstones. You’ll find the water frogs they carved, inlaid with turquoise eyes, at the back of alcove dwellings, continuing to offer blessings for a trickle. Shards of their drinking mugs and shriveled corncobs litter the landscape of your inquiry.

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