This is a very well-produced sixty-minute program broken into six segments. I’m stacking all six segments here for easy viewing. For more about the evidence and ideas of Christy Turner, the featured archaeologist in this show, see my review of his book Man Corn: Cannibalism and Violence in the Prehistorical American Southwest.
A transcript in PDF form is available here (courtesy of the University of Denver Web page for the course “Ancient North America,” which provides a great deal of fascinating information if you’re interested).
Credits: “Cannibals of the Canyon” was produced by Larry Engel and Whitney Wood. An Engel Brothers (now Engel Entertainment) production for Thirteen/WNET in association with Channel 4. Copyright 2000 Education Broadcasting Corporation.
See my Hot Water Press page for stories that have burned out of my head from my deep and long research into this fascinating, if tortured, culture — particularly my historical novel Less Than Nothing and my collection of Anasazi short stories, The Witchery of Flutes.
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So what did you think? Does Turner’s evidence convince you? Or do you prefer to think the Anasazi did not engage in cannibalism?