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Creating a visual voice for social justice, environmental and health issues resulting from the energy industrialization of Native American Homelands and Sacred Places.


Chaco Canyon, located in northwestern New Mexico, is arguably the most significant ancient cultural site in the United States.  Between AD 900 and 1150, Chaco Canyon was a major center of culture for the Ancient Pueblo Peoples.  The canyon contains the remnants of great houses, kivas, ancient roads, gridded gardens, irrigation systems and sacred places built by an indigenous people who were proficient in architecture, agriculture, the arts and astronomy.  Chaco, Yupqoyvi, the Place Beyond the Horizon, is a Traditional Cultural Property of the Hopi Tribe.  Oil and gas leasing and development on lands surrounding Chaco threaten the Park and Greater Chaco Landscape.  Learn more about the Greater Chaco Landscape Project.