Anasazi is a term that is used to describe the ancestral Pueblo people of the Southwest. But, we're not totally clear if the literal translation means "ancient outsiders" or "ancient enemy" or any of the other meanings we have created.
Regardless of how we define the term, it refers to a group of people who created systems we still rely on today - including the famous Salt River Project, which is a system of canals that follow the irrigation canals of the Anasazi.
The Anasazi were master farmers, builders, and they managed to create thriving cities on cliffs in the middle of the Sonoran desert.
Their baskets and pottery are highly admired by collectors and are still produced by their descendants for trade. It is their cliff dwellings, however, that captivate the modern archeologist, historian, and tourist.
We wanted to make a soap that was reminiscent of this incredible culture and we hope we've captured even a little of this amazing people in our tribute.
From the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center:
The term “Anasazi” was established in 1927 through the archaeological Pecos Classification system, referring to the Ancestral Pueblo people who spanned the present-day Four Corners region of the United States, including Mesa Verde, Chaco Canyon, Canyon De Chelly, and Aztec. The term is Navajo in origin, and means “ancient enemy.” The Pueblo peoples of New Mexico understandably do not wish to refer to their ancestors in such a disrespectful manner, so the appropriate term to use is “Ancestral Pueblo” or “Ancestral Puebloan.”
We chose a fruity scent for this soap to match agricultural achievements of the Anasazi. It's a blend of freshness with a sweet "champagne" type of scent that bursts with notes of strawberry, lime, and lily of the valley.
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