Chaco Anasazi Ruins
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People have been living in this canyon for more than 3,000 years. Here they built enormous public and religious buildings (kivas), agricultural systems, dams, boulevards, and a complex system of roadways. At one time, as many as 5,000 Native Americans lived in Chaco Canyon. Archaeologists have named these people the Chaco Anasazi. Anasazi is a Navajo word that means “ancient ones.”