a Navajo word meaning "the ancient people." The Anasazi were a Native American people who lived in the Colorado plateau region of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico from about 100 C.E. Descendants of the Anasazi culture include the present-day Pueblo peoples of Arizona. Anasazi culture included an Basket Maker phase and a Pueblo phase; it was during this latter phase that the Anasazi constructed the cliff dwellings and crafts for which they remain famous. Evidence of their adobe and rock architecture still remains in varying degrees of preservation across Colorado Plateau wildernesses.