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Sundagger BullfrogCelebrating 40 Years of the Solstice Project: PBS rebroadcasting our film The Mystery of Chaco Canyon!

It is wonderful news that Chaco’s story remains so fascinating and, though sad, it is so especially relevant as fossil fuel threatens its sacred landscape!
 
KNME will be airing the film on summer solstice, the day when the Sun Dagger bisects the spiral on Fajada Butte in Chaco, and in this year, the 40th anniversary of the Solstice Project!
 
Tune into Channel 5.1 on solstice, Thursday the 21st at 9 PM!
or Channel 9.1 on Sunday the 24th at 10 PM!

 
(For you night owls, you can also catch it on Channel 5.1 on Saturday the 23rd at 4 AM!)

The Solstice Project's LiDAR documentation of Chaco's ancient roads and efforts to protect the region from energy development was recently featured in Science Magazine -- read the article here!
 

May 26, 2018: Solstice Project researchers Richard Friedman and Robert Weiner will present a talk entitled "Chacoan Astronomy, Cosmography, Roads, and Ritual Power: New Insights into Chaco’s Powerful Expanse using New Technologies" at Aztec Ruins National Monument on Saturday, May 26 at 7pm in the Visitor Center theater room.

SOLSTICE GREETINGS! Our 2017 Annual Letter from Anna Sofaer, President, The Solstice Project

NMPBS ¡COLORES!: Archaeoastronomer Anna Sofaer and Rob Weiner discuss new findings about why Chaco was located where it is.
Watch the 8 minute video.

Watch this 2-minute video from our recent visit to Chaco with Maya scholars Alonso Mendez and Michael Grofe discussing the symbolic importance of the moon".

Archaeologists: More Protections Needed for Chaco Region
Over 30 Newspapers carry this Associated Press story to protect Chaco from fossil fuel exploitation and damages, papers including The Washington Post, The New York Times, the Denver Post, The Seattle Times, and the Albuquerque Journal and Santa Fe New Mexican. Anna Sofaer, president of the nonprofit Solstice Project, said people who don't understand Chaco see it as sort of a high desert wasteland that can offer only oil, gas, coal and uranium. "I think it's our obligation as people who've been working with Chaco for decades to bring out to the public and to the people who affect policy the great value of going back and connecting with the people who were so connected with their natural world," she said.