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Published on Aug 17, 2016
This video was made in response to the Bureau of Land Management’s announcement to facilitate the leasing of 6.2 million acres of the Chaco region of New Mexico to oil companies for fracking and horizontal drilling, Chaco is a uniquely integrated landscape of built environments. It was designated a World Heritage Site by UNESCO, and is considered one of the most important ancient sites of the Americas. The BLM-designated leasing area contains 35 ceremonial “Great Houses” and many fragile ancient earthworks known as “roads.” These constructions are quite subtle, have not been fully researched, and we fear that they could easily be destroyed before they are documented or understood. chacomysterycontinues.com/
In the video which is narrated by Peter Coyote, the descendant Pueblo people and Navajo people speak of the spiritual significance of the "roads" that connect the Great Houses with places of power in the landscape. John Roney, whose great knowledge of "roads" gained from decades of study, sensitively informs our efforts to protect these remote and fragile features. Adriel Heisey's aerial cinematography reveals ancient roads and sites in stunning imagery. And using state-of-the-art remote sensing technology, Rich Friedman helps us visualize the thousand-year-old Chacoan constructions.
FRACKING THREATENS CHACO: A SACRED AMERICAN HERITAGE Narrator Peter Coyote
Producer Anna Sofaer The Solstice Project
Directors Anna Sofaer & Matt Dibble
Writer & Editor Matt Dibble
Aerial Cinematography Adriel Heisey
Cinematography Matt Dibble Gary Mercer Jonathan Sims William Stone Mike Nelson
Location Audio James Becker Michael Stearns
Graphics & Animation Matt Dibble Rich Friedman
Sound Mix Larry Dolton
Special thanks Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM
For more information: New Oil Boom Coming to the San Juan Basin BLM "Public Scoping Phase". Farmington BLM Planning Process
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