Digging for the Truth: Season 1, Episode 13

Mystery of the Anasazi (9 May 2005)

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In the American Southwest, there is no more puzzling mystery than the magnificent stone cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde. Why did the Anasazi Indians suddenly move their villages to these ... See full summary »

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Himself - Host
Lorisa Qumawunn ...
Herself - Mesa Verde National Park Ranger
Vaughn Hadenfeldt ...
Himself - Far Out Expeditions
Archie Hanson ...
Himself - Indian Camp Ranch
Jeffrey S. Dean ...
Himself - Acting Director, Tree-Ring Research Lab University of Arizona (as Dr. Jeff Dean)
John Kantner ...
Himself - Professor of Archaeology, Georgia State University (as Dr. John Kantner)
Dawa Taylor ...
Himself - Outreach Coordinator, Hopilavayi Program
Wilton Kooyahoema ...
Himself - Hopi Elder
Richard Blake ...
Himself - Helicopter Pilot
Skip Lange ...
Himself - Airplane Pilot
Bob Peters ...
Himself - Power Paraglider Pilot
Angelica Pino ...
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Leonard Pino ...
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Marlen Pino ...
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Morris Pino ...
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In the American Southwest, there is no more puzzling mystery than the magnificent stone cliff dwellings of Mesa Verde. Why did the Anasazi Indians suddenly move their villages to these perilous cliffs in the 13th century--and then abandon them just decades later--and seemingly disappear from history? Was it drought? Invading tribes? Or an insidious "cancer" from within that may have caused them to turn to fierce warfare and even cannibalism? In search of answers, our host, the intrepid explorer and survival expert Josh Bernstein, travels from Mesa Verde, Colorado to remote canyons in Utah where the Anasazi took refuge. Piecing together the story from both archaeologists and Native Americans, he finally ends up, in his search for the truth, in the eerie and desolate ruins of the Anasazi's greatest cultural center--Chaco Canyon. Written by THC

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[Cliff-climbing guide Vaughn Hadenfeldt begins to ask worried questions when he realizes that Josh has never done this before]
Host: [Re the camera crew] They don't care if I die. It makes for good TV!
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