Master storyteller Craig Childs comes to Edwards |

Master storyteller Craig Childs comes to Edwards

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Edwards CO, Colorado
Special to the DailyAuthor Craig Childs walked more than 1,000 miles from the Four Corners region into northern Mexico on the trail of the Anasazi, the first Pueblo Indians who inhabited the region more than 700 years ago.

EDWARDS, Colorado ” Author, master storyteller and commentator for NPR’s Morning Edition, Craig Childs will share his fascinating discoveries and theories about the Anasazi on Tuesday evening, 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Berry Creek Middle School auditorium in Edwards.

Following ancient migration routes, he walked more than 1,000 miles from the Four Corners region into northern Mexico on the trail of the Anasazi, the first Pueblo Indians who inhabited the region more than 700 years ago.

“There is a lingering mystery about the Anasazi that says they simply up and disappeared from the Four Corners back in AD 1275”, Childs said. “In one view, the archaeological record supports this notion, but a closer look reveals it is far from that simple.”

Childs will discuss the disappearance in depth.

“How does an entire region go empty when people were living there for at least several centuries building large monuments ” the biggest of their structures covering the same ground space as the Sears Tower?” Childs said. “It’s a complicated story of drought, social upheaval, massacres and migrations among a people nomadic at heart. As many have known for a long time, these people did not literally disappear.

They are still here, living on the mesas of Hopi, Zuni, Acoma, and along the San Juan and Rio Grande Rivers. To them, it is a different kind of mystery.”

Childs’ writings focus on natural sciences, archeology and mind-blowing journeys into the wilderness. His books include “The Animal Dialogues,” “House of Rain” and “The Secret Knowledge of Water.”

Childs fondly recalls visiting the Vail Valley some years ago.

“I used to work with the (Gore Range Natural) Science School, venturing into the snow with kids,” Childs said. “I remember curling up with them in a snow bank, telling stories ” stories that eventually became books.”

Childs’ lecture is part of the 7th High Country Speaker Series, called People, Paths, Perspectives: Exploring Native Migrations, presented free to the public by the Eagle Valley Library District and Gore Range Natural Science School.

“Of all the speakers I have ever heard, Craig Childs tops the list as the most eloquent and interesting,” said Science School Executive Director Markian Feduschak. “His books are hard to put down, but listening to him share his countless adventures in the natural world is a rare and memorable treat.”

Additional High Country Series speakers include noted scholar Bill Kight, the Heritage Resource Program manager for the United States Forest Service, who will share his journey along the Old Ute Trail with Ute Elders in “Walking the Red Road: A Timeless Journey,” and acclaimed author Peter Decker, who will address the migration of settlers into native territory and the Meeker Massacre. Kight’s talk will take place Feb. 10 and Decker’s on Feb. 24. Both will take place at the Avon Library from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Call the library to make reservations for the free programs at 970-949-6797.

For more information about the series, visit the Eagle Valley Library District,, and for more information about Gore Range Natural Science School, visit, or call Natalia Hanks at 970-827-9725, ext. 30.

What: Author Craig Childs will speak about the Anasazi Indians

Where: Berry Creek Middle School, Edwards

When: Tuesday, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Cost: Free.

More information: Call 970-949-6797 to reserve a space.

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