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on August 28, 2002
Have you ever wondered what happened to the Anasazi Indians? Have you speculated about how the Egyptian pyramids came to be, or pondered the truth behind stories of aliens?
"Return of the Anasazi" by Wee Dilts is a fictional story centered around the lost civilization of the Anasazi Indians. For those of you who aren't familiar with this piece of American history, the Anasazi Indians were an ancient Native American tribe who lived in the southwest area of the United States. Famous for their pottery and cliff dwellings, the culture "disappeared" sometime around the 1200 A.D. period in history. The term "disappeared" is used because the Anasazi dwellings were left completely intact. It is as if the people simply walked away, taking no pottery, tools, or personal possessions with them.
In "Return of the Anasazi", Dilts weaves an intricate tale that explains many of these historical mysteries, while simultaneously addressing the valid and modern-day issue of the Earth's environment.
The story begins with Owl Man, an Anasazi leader, having a vision about events that will be taking place soon in the future. Owl Man is on a planet called Anasazi Planet, but the vision explains why he will soon need to go back to Mother Earth. The story continues on to explain how the Anasazi came to be on this and other planets. It takes you back through time to when the Anasazi were on Earth, and recounts the events that caused them to "disappear".
Owl Man's vision puts him in the position of having to unite all of the ancient leaders -- including Aphrodite, the King of The Lost City of Atlantis and Space Aliens that have been helping humans since the dawn of time -- in an attempt to save both Mother Earth, and the entire universe. The universe is in jeopardy because Earth is off it's natural axis. Earth's axis has been altered by the massive weight caused from excessive buildings, modern day structures, resource plundering and people.
Dilts's book is a work of fiction, but it does a great job of offering entertaining speculation about the disappearance of the Anasazi Indians and rumors of alien visitations. The focus on the plight of the Earth's environment adds a nice twist, and makes you think about what could happen if our society doesn't change its ways.
This book does have a bit of a new age feel to it which is not quite my style. There is also a lot of peace, love and "happily ever after", so it might be too syrupy for some people's taste. And even though it fills almost 350 printed pages, it lacks a bit of depth in both the story line and character development.
In general though, "Return of the Anasazi" is a nice story that is written well. The skillful combination Science Fiction and Ancient Legends is creative, and it moves along at a nice, comfortable pace which creates a light, enjoyable, and unique read.
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