I’m not a guy who tends to see ghosts, but this kid came running across the trail and I put out my arm to keep my son from hitting him. But there was no kid. We were at Chimney Rock in Colorado, the northernmost outlier of the Anasazi culture centered at Chaco Canyon in New Mexico.

These people watched the stars and the sky as carefully as those who built Stonehenge in England, and the structures at Chimney Rock were their most advanced observatories. In July of 1054, a star in the Crab Nebula in the Taurus Constellation went supernova, and for about a month became the brightest object in the sky, other than the sun and the full moon. It was visible even during the day.

What would that do to a star-gazing culture? How would that imaginary boy who ran across my path react to it? What if he grew up and became a pivotal figure in the rise and fall of the Anasazi empire?

Since 2002, my imagination has been on fire with these questions, and I have researched the Chaco phenomenon and the Anasazi Indians who lived that culture. Now I write stories that give living flesh and emotion to the bare facts that archaeology gives us.

I am writing a novel that tells the story of this boy, Tuwa, who ran across my path at the Village of the Twin War Gods, grown into a man. This blog is where the side stories of that novel live, short stories and flash fiction about events and characters in support of the long-form story.

I’m interested in what you think about the Anasazi. Do you think they truly disappeared? Why? Where’d they go? What kind of society do you think they had? What do you think they valued most? How do you think they’d react to the sudden appearance of a bright new star that was visible during the day but faded over a month?

 Jeff Posey, Anasazi Storyteller



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  2. Matthew David Barad


    I am helping to host a model united nations tournament in Boston this following year, and will be running a committee which simulates a meeting of Anasazi leaders circa 1100 AD. I would love to get in touch with you and ask a few questions, if you have the time.


    Matthew Barad

  3. AmiaEagle

    Hi Jeff; I am a half Cherokee writer. I just found your website and I was delighted to do so. I have traveled all over the U.S., and always try to look up any ancient Native sites. I treasure the times I was able to sit in the silence of each, and try to absorb just a moment of the slices out of time they offer.

    Good luck with the book! I’ll be one of the first in line.

  4. Jeff, I haven’t seen you or your writing in a long while. I hope all is well with you and yours (and your writing). Please touch base when you can and let me know how your novel is coming along. Happy new year! ~ Olivia

  5. I must tell you how much I love the idea of your book. Sounds awesome. Of course, I’m not an entirely objective source, since I grew up on the Colorado Plateau right there in Anasazi country. My step-father is an anthropologist, working at the Museum of Northern Arizona there in Flagstaff, so my whole childhood was suffused to a surprising degree (for a white kid, anyway) with trips to pueblos, to the Hopi mesas, with museum exhibits and curious old artifacts. All that stuff.

    It gets in your blood, the past does. So the thought of a novel which brings that past back to life–even if only in our minds–holds great fascination for me. Being a book doctor by trade, I’m particularly keen to know if there’s any way I can help you bring this book into the light as well.

  6. Joe

    They may have dispersed into the surrounding culture. The Hopi claim them as ancestors and renounce the name “Anasazi”. They may have acculturated into the surrounding peoples, keeping their culture hidden from the “others”, thus disappearing into the earth. They may have become a become a part of the Pai, the Hohokam, the Mogollian, and the Puebloans. They may be the key to the integration of the cultures of all of these people.

  7. Hello everybody,

    I thought you would like to visit a site I have created at blogspot.com;,.. in dedication to historical understanding and educational knowledge: http://ancientanasaziartifacts.blogspot.com/ to appreciate a very important cultural discovery of an ancient artifact; an Anasazi Shaman’s medicine whistle. The earliest discovery of a single hole mudstone whistle, resonating sound pitches to call the great spirit. This is the most primitive find ever,… before wind instruments which were designed for cultural identity and pleasure.

    Enjoy the site !

    Robert Thomas

  8. The Anasazi were cool. They’re like our druids or ancient greeks, romans, etc. It’s all we’ve got in the States, and that’s all right….Now if they’d just done more with the wheel!
    I spend at least one week a year tooling around the desert southwest, looking at ancient pueblos, and cliff dwellings. Neat stuff. Our nation’s true heritage.

  9. claudia

    Weird. I have around 250 pages of a novel I started writing back in 1987. Also when I was immersed in the landscape and hanging out near Chimney Rock and Yellow Jacket. Also about a boy affected by the supernova. Also triggered by a similar ghostly incident. This kid must really want to get his story told. I put the whole thing aside and am pretty sure it’s gone in a very different direction, but in a way I’m glad someone is carrying this boy’s torch forward. Some stories really do just seem to be embedded in the landscape. I can’t ever visit the 4-corners area without some aspect of it arising, somatically. Sincere good wishes with this project!

  10. I am also doing research on the Anasazi. In addition to the SN 1054 there is now proof in AZ and soon I think in NM of SN1006 being seen and recorded with pictographs.

    Another thing that influenced them are the two full solar eclipses that occurred in the 11th century in the AZ NM area.

    My blog: http://anasazidreams.blogspot.com

    • Anasazi Stories

      Hey, thanks for the comment. I’ve been looking over your blog (http://anasazidreams.blogspot.com/). Great list of links. And I enjoy your perspective. I’ll keep a watch on what you’re doing. Thanks for dropping in and saying Hello!


      • Jeff,
        If you would be interested in a segment story or a written article about this find, my contact e-mail is located at this web blog site:


        It is most unfortunate; but currently this ancient artifact is still being ignored by archaeologists and museums. This is,… in no way a replicated, fabricated, wild imagination, or a hoax. Just the earliest ever known discovered wind instrument in the American southwest.
        This whistle has a least 3 known pitches, but probably has more, and which is still visible, blue pigment paint on one location of the whistle, evidence of once being colored blue.
        Thanks for your interest,

        Robert Thomas

  11. Pa


    That sounds great! I hope you keep on enjoying continuing the book.


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