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Fire Destroys Café at Anasazi Inn

Fire Destroys Café at Anasazi Inn
November 21
11:50 2016

The café at the Anasazi Inn at Tsegi Canyon burned down early Sunday morning.

The cause of the fire is still under investigation, but it apparently started inside the building. The fire was reported about 8:30 a.m.

“That was a good place to eat,” Bernice Austin Begay said. She grew up in nearby Black Mesa.

The Anasazi Inn is a 90-room hotel close to Kayenta. It’s a stopping point for tourists visiting the Navajo National Monument, which features three ancient pueblo villages.

Two of the villages – Keet Seel and Betatakin – are open to visitation. They offer a glimpse into the past, the way pueblo life may have been 800 years ago, among the Hisatsinom (Anasazi) of the 13th century.

The Anasazi had a thriving culture before mysteriously vanishing from the Four Corners region of the U.S.

The Four Corners are where the states of Utah, Arizona, New Mexico and Colorado all meet. It is the only place in the U.S. where the borders of four states come together.

The Anasazi are descendants of the Ancestral Puebloans who came from the Oshara Tradition, who developed from the Picosa culture.

The Anasazi are not the forebears of the Navajo people.

It is believed that the Anasazi first appeared around the 12th Century B.C. and scholars are unclear on why they left. Today, many experts believe the Ancestral Puebloans left the area because of climate change and an infusion of new people flooding in.

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