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Anasazi, Pueblo, Puebloan

Singular and plural.

Anasazi is the Navajo term archaeologists use to distinguish the early peoples of the ancient pueblos and now variously translated as "alien ancient ones," "ancient ones," "ancient enemies," or "ancestors of people other than our own," i.e., the ancestors of non-Navajo.

Some modern Pueblo Indians (the descendants of the Anasazi) consider the term derogatory and prefer ancestral Puebloan or ancient Pueblo people.