Bullfrog Films
58 minutes
Study Guide
Grades Grades 7-12, College, Adult

Directed by Albert Ihde
Produced by Anna Sofaer, The Solstice Project

DVD Purchase $295, Rent $85
VHS Purchase $295, Rent $85

US Release Date: 1983
Copyright Date: 1982
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-089-8
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-320-9

American Studies
Indigenous Peoples
Native Americans
Physical Science
Social Studies
Western US

Awards and Festivals
Blue Ribon, American Film Festival
CINE Golden Eagle
Margaret Mead Film Festival
The Sun Dagger

The astonishing discovery of an ancient celestial calendar in Chaco Canyon, NM.

"It changes forever history's perceptions of America's early Indian colonists." Science 84

This classic, timeless film documents the extraordinary celestial calendar created by ancient North American Indians, and rediscovered by artist Anna Soafer, high on a butte in New Mexico.

The "dagger" is presently the only known site in the world that marks the extreme positions of both the sun and moon.

The film explores the complex culture of the Anasazi Indians who constructed the calendar, and thrived both spiritually and materially in the harsh environment of Chaco Canyon a thousand years ago.

Web Page: http://www.bullfrogfilms.com/catalog/sd1.html

"It changes forever history's perceptions of America's early Indian colonists. And as an astronomical and geometrical marvel, it ranks with the Pyramids and Stonehenge."

Science 84

"THE SUN DAGGER is a 'must-buy' for school districts and public libraries."
Media and Methods

"The multidisciplinary nature of this film makes it possible to use it in many classroom situations. The excellent teaching guide, written by Don Reid, vastly improves the film's instructional value."
Journal of College Science Teaching

"Both (versions) are excellent."
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