Disappearance of the Anasazi
Submitted by Saint on Fri, 10/24/2003 - 3:33pm. Funny
"So what's the deal with that Anasazi Burger?"
"It's made with real Anasazis."
"So that's what happened to them."

--A customer, a line cook, and another customer, at Spruce Tree Terrace, Mesa Verde National Park.
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Posted by ParU on Thu, 11/20/2003 - 6:32pm.
Of course if you DO eat people you get kure right?
At least that's what I learned from reading Dream Park.
Posted by Saint on Thu, 11/20/2003 - 7:36pm.
Only if you eat the brains. And only if your meal suffered from the disease.
Would you like some...
Posted by Jon on Wed, 11/26/2003 - 10:40am.
...chilled monkey brains?
Sadly, that may have been the best part of that movie.
Posted by Kris the Girl on Fri, 10/24/2003 - 3:54pm.
That's some pretty old meat, then. Please tell me you opted for a salad. ;)
Oh, no.
Posted by Saint on Sat, 10/25/2003 - 9:40am.
My wife was the line cook in question...and the Anasazi Burger is really just a way over-priced bacon cheeseburger. I'm sure the Anasazi invented the recipe; probably it was all the rage down in the kivas.
I thought that ...
Posted by ParU on Mon, 10/27/2003 - 8:08pm.
the Anasazi were the people before the modern day 'Indians' and there was not that much known about them. Also didn't the Spaniards introduce cattle? So the Anasazi couldn't have had burgers, and I don't think you can infer recipes from a few stone ruins.
Sorry, being literal again.
Posted by Saint on Mon, 10/27/2003 - 8:47pm.
The Anasazi (it means "Ancient Enemy" in Dine/Navajo, which shows how much their neighbors liked them) are thought be have become (or at least blended into) various other pueblo tribes, more or less to the south, after they moved out of this area. Even so, they don't exactly predate 'modern' Indians. You are aware, of course, of the wave migration theory, in which new tribes crossing over the Bering Strait pushed older tribes farther south, so that the oldest tribes are in South America while newer arrivals are further north. But not all, of course, end up going south; for instance, there's a tribe in Canada with a language identical to Dine/Navajo. At any rate, there were many other tribes in the area, some still existant in the area, who simply didn't leave behind a durable record of how they lived.

Yes, it's true, we don't know a hell of a lot about the Anasazi, and also it's true that cattle came with the Spanish...which is precisely why I made the joke, poor though it might have been, about how bacon cheeseburgers were all the rage. Tis called sarcasm.

Studies of remains left behind in the backs of the caves do reveal something of the Anasazi eating habits, though. The Anasazi occasionally butchered the dead--from which you may infer they occasionally dined on them as well. Hence my wife's crack about the Anasazi Burger being made of real Anasazis. (Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying they were raging cannibals, just that it happened sometimes--it could have been for ritual purposes, or the result of starvation, or maybe they just had one bad dude with exotic tastes living in their ranks, who knows?)
Posted by Sewicked on Fri, 11/21/2003 - 5:34am.
& I may not be, the people currently called the Cahokias[1] overlapped with the Anasazi & traded with them. The Anasazi were declining while the Cahokias were still growing, but still, they overlapped.

[1] Cahokias, name for the mound builders of Illinois, Missouri & parts south along the Mississippi river. Named for a tribe, possibly their descendants, who died out about the time the French missionaries arrived in the area. Factoid: in the 11th century AD the capital city, where the current park is today, of the Cahokias had a population that would not be rivalled again in North America until Philadelphia in the early 1800's.
But just remember...
Posted by Apple on Fri, 11/21/2003 - 8:08am.
"Soylent Green is people!"
Posted by Jon on Tue, 10/28/2003 - 9:45am.
Somehow (oh, maybe it was the "Funny" topic"), I knew that it was a joke. The history factoid about possible cannibalism adds an extra... flavor to it. ;-)
Posted by persona on Tue, 10/28/2003 - 9:54am.
ha ha ha I was having such a blasé day until I read that, and I have no idea why, it just made me chuckle and then my head cleared and I realized "hey my help-desk job isn't too bad, at least I don’t have to worry about people eating me"
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