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 LANDSCAPE
April 9 – 13, 2019
Chaco Culture National Historical Park, located in northwest New Mexico, is arguably the most significant ancient cultural site in the United States. Between AD 600 to 1260 Chaco Canyon was a major hub for the Ancient Pueblo People. The canyon contains the remnants of great houses, kivas, roads, gridded gardens and irrigation systems built by a people who were proficient in astronomy, architecture, agriculture and the arts.
Pueblo Bonito Chaco Canyon
Angel Peak Badlands
This workshop presents a rare opportunity to explore and photograph Chaco Canyon’s great architectural and cultural heritage. You’ll walk on ancient roads and through buildings placed and designed by the cycles of the moon and sun, and by the Chacoan’s amazing innate grasp of engineering parallel to today’s technology. The workshop will also focus on the breathtaking surrounding areas known as the Greater Chaco Landscape. This includes Angel Peak Badlands and Ah-Shi-Sle-Pha, two areas known for its unusual geological landforms found only in the Four Corners Region of New Mexico. While photographing some of Mother Earth’s finest work you’ll also learn how the Chacoans built roads and outliers (smaller inhabited villages) throughout these areas, all of which are linked directly to Chaco Canyon.
This four-day workshop is directed to the photographer seeking a unique off the beaten path experience. Please note there will be a fair amount of walking in open desert landscape. Weather in April averages 60 to 70 degrees during the day with evenings as low as 30 degrees. The workshop will be based out of the historic Casa Blanca Inn in Farmington, New Mexico, about a three and half hour drive from either Santa Fe or Albuquerque.
The workshop is limited to 8 participants. Your tax-deductible donation of $1850.00 includes honorariums, most meals, water, light beverages and snacks. A $300.00 deposit is required at registration. The remainder is due 60 days prior to the workshop. No refunds will be issued after 60 days. To reserve your space please register here.
Please don’t hesitate to call or email if you have any questions. A detailed daily schedule along with suggested gear and clothing is available here. Note: Transportation and lodging is not included in the workshop donation. Rental cars will be necessary for those flying into Albuquerque. For your convenience we have set aside rooms at the Casa Blanca Inn. To reserve your room please call the Casa Blanca Inn at 505.327.6503 and ask for the rooms reserved for the Chaco Workshop.
Carlan has spent the last sixteen years photographing and documenting Chaco Canyon, its artifacts, and its outlying sacred sites. As you explore the area with him, you'll understand why he's so passionate about preserving Chaco Canyon's legacy for future generations to come. Your tax-deductible workshop donation allows him to continue to produce this necessary and timely work.