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Written on the Landscape
Mysteries Beyond Chaco Canyon

The Ancestral Puebloan culture's complex astronomy reveals a legacy of scientific observation and a spiritual tradition, with its powerful impact on the American Southwest.

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Directed by Anna Sofaer
Produced by Anna Sofaer
Editor & Co-Writer: Christopher Beaver
A Solstice Project production

"This film is a journey not only through history but through the very soul of a land and its people." Robert Redford
WRITTEN ON THE LANDSCAPE: Mysteries Beyond Chaco Canyon conveys to viewers the brilliant achievements of the Chaco civilization—many of which are in grave danger today. This new one-hour documentary reveals the astounding reach of the Chacoans across a region of the American southwest nearly twice the size of Ireland. Without modern tools, wheel or beast of burden, these ancient people built ceremonial Great Houses and connected them to places of spiritual power with massive "roads," remarkably straight and as wide as modern two lane streets. The Chacoans' feats have been long obscured in a fragile desert environment -- only now to be recovered through beautiful aerial footage and with the new technology of LiDAR (aerial laser scanning) revealing the true expanse of the Chacoans' complex world.

Filmmakers Anna Sofaer and Christopher Beaver take viewers on an exciting exploration of the minds and inspirations of this remarkable culture driven by religion and cosmology. The people emerge from a thousand years ago through new insights of archaeologists, and the words of descendant Pueblo people who hold knowledge of their ancestors to this day.

WRITTEN ON THE LANDSCAPE is the third in a series of films on the Chacoan people by Anna Sofaer who came across the Sun Dagger in 1977 and has spent the rest of her life exploring its significance. The previous films, The Sun Dagger and The Mystery of Chaco Canyon , were narrated by Robert Redford and produced by The Solstice Project for PBS.

Grade Level: 10 - 12, College, Adults
US Release Date: 2024     Copyright Date: 2024
DVD ISBN: 1-961192-21-7

"This film is a journey not only through history but through the very soul of a land and its people."
Robert Redford

"We have no idea how their thinking went, unless you look at the astronomy."
Phillip Tuwaletstiwa, Hopi

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