cliff-dweller

cliff-dweller

n
(Anthropology & Ethnology) anthropol a member of a prehistoric people of the southwestern US who built shelters on the ledges of cliffs or in caves
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Well," he announced with some satisfaction, "that certainly was a cliff-dweller.
The Dogon people are cliff-dwellers living in central Mali.
filled with detailed drawings and illustrations partially supplemented or completed by Aubrey Wells after the death of the original author/illustrator, "The Story of the American Indian" presents background information on Mayans, Pueblos and cliff-dwellers, Mound Builders, Iroquois, Lakota and other Plains Indian nations, Cherokee, Paiute and other Seed-Gatherers, Northwest Fishermen nations including Haida, Eskimos, Navajo, and other Indian American nations and tribes.
In the early short story "The Enchanted Bluff," mentioned in the poem, Cather appropriates the image of the Anasazi cliff-dwellers, explicitly though unconsciously turning the white American romance with "van[qu]ished" indigenous peoples into a means of speaking about, while repressing, the genocidal facts of American nationalism.
Fuller took a decidedly different direction with The Cliff-Dwellers (1893), a realistic novel, called the first important American city novel, about people in a Chicago skyscraper.