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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.

Greater Chaco Viewscapes

Located in northwest New Mexico is the center of the Greater Chaco Landscape.  Chaco Canyon was designated as a National Monument in 1907.  It became Chaco Culture National Historical Park in 1980, and in 1987, a World Heritage Site.  1,200 years ago native people made this valley the center of their world.  Chacoans are best known for their architecture and the unique objects they produced.  Great houses, ceremonial kivas, highly developed gridded gardens, far-reaching commerce and a complex social organization were all important parts of their world.


Energy industrialization of the Greater Chaco Landscape poses complex issues on the long-term stewardship of the land, impacts on Outlier Sacred Cultural Sites, and the health and well being of communities and families living throughout the area.  The Greater Chaco Viewscapes document and provide a visual voice to educate and create awareness of these impacts.


Using an aerial perspective Greater Chaco Viewscapes share a sense of place to communicate the meaning and importance of the Sacred Sites connected to Chaco Canyon known as Outliers.  Viewscapes project the importance of developing cultural resource management plans at the greater landscape level rather than traditional single site protection.


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North Road ~ Arena Alto

Greater Chaco Viewscape

The Chacoans built elaborate road systems covering over 1,500 miles.  Most of the roads connected to Chaco Canyon.  The Great North Road leads from Chaco Canyon to Kutz Canyon and Arena Alto Outlier.

The Sound of Sacred Sites

Oil and gas development on public lands in the Greater Chaco Landscape area of northwest New Mexico. The sounds from oil and gas sites adjacent to Chaco Sacred sites.

Chaco Canyon

Center Place

Chaco Canyon, located in northwestern New Mexico, is arguably the most significant ancient cultural site in the United States.

Pierre's Outlier

Greater Chaco Viewscape

A Chaco Outlier located fifteen miles north of Chaco Canyon on the Great North Road. The community consists of three small great houses, eleven small house sites, and a signal station.

Twin Angels Outlier

Greater Chaco Viewscape

A Chaco Outlier located forty miles north of Chaco Canyon near the Great North Road. The community consists seventeen ground floor rooms and two kivas.

Kutz Canyon Stairway

Greater Chaco Viewscape

The Great North Road from Chaco Canyon leaves Pierre's Outlier heading directly to Upper Twin Angels mound.  The Kutz Stairway descends 500 feet into the canyon leading the way to Twin Angels.

Sacred Sites

Greater Chaco Viewscape

Energy exploration and development are currently permitted on and adjacent to Sacred Sites by the BLM.  These adjacent sites are currently managed by BLM and could be leased for oil and gas if not protected.