The Resource The mystery of Chaco Canyon, Bullfrog Films presents ; produced and directed by Anna Sofaer ; written by Anna Sofaer and Matt Dibble ; a production of the Solstice Project

The mystery of Chaco Canyon, Bullfrog Films presents ; produced and directed by Anna Sofaer ; written by Anna Sofaer and Matt Dibble ; a production of the Solstice Project

Label
The mystery of Chaco Canyon
Title
The mystery of Chaco Canyon
Statement of responsibility
Bullfrog Films presents ; produced and directed by Anna Sofaer ; written by Anna Sofaer and Matt Dibble ; a production of the Solstice Project
Title variation
Chaco Canyon
Contributor
Director
Film editor
Narrator
Producer
Screenwriter
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"Ever since she discovered the 'Sun Dagger' twenty years ago, Anna Sofaer and a team of researchers have been exploring the enigmas posed by massive prehistoric ruins in Chaco Canyon, New Mexico. Now a new explanation of the mystery is emerging. For years archaeologists have assumed that Chaco was primarily an ancient trading center. This film shows that it was, instead, a complex ceremonial center, harmonized by extraordinary astronomical alignments of buildings and roads, and elegant light and shadow markings. Aerial and time lapse footage, computer modeling, and interviews with scholars show how the Chacoan culture oriented and located its major buildings in relations to the sun and moon. Contemporary Pueblo Indians, descendants of the Chacoans, speak of the spiritual significance of Chaco's mysteries in their world today"--Back of container insert
Cataloging source
GZR
Characteristic
videorecording
Credits note
Cinematography by Steve Bannister, Eric Temple, William Harrison, Alton Walpole, and others ; computer animation by the Imaging Research Center ; music, Michael Stearns ; editor, Matt Dibble
Dewey number
970.3
Intended audience
Rating: Not rated
Language note
English audio
LC call number
E99.P9
LC item number
M97 2003
PerformerNote
Narrated by Robert Redford
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
  • Sofaer, Anna
  • Redford, Robert
  • Dibble, Matt
  • Solstice Project
  • Bullfrog Films
Runtime
56
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Pueblo Indians
  • Chaco culture
  • Excavations (Archaeology)
  • Indian astronomy
  • Chaco Canyon (N.M.)
Technique
animation and live action
Label
The mystery of Chaco Canyon, Bullfrog Films presents ; produced and directed by Anna Sofaer ; written by Anna Sofaer and Matt Dibble ; a production of the Solstice Project
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Originally produced as a documentary film in 1999
  • DVD-ROM feature: 78-page teacher's guide (PDF file)
  • Teacher's guide includes 3 units. Unit I: Exploring Chacoan Cosmology & Culture; Lesson Plan: Social Studies, Grades 9-12 (+ 3 activities). Unit II: Exploring Chaocan Astronomy; Lesson Plan: Earth and Space Science, Grades 5-8 (+ 4 activities). Unit III: Enrichment; Grades 5-12 : Traditional Literature; Pueblo Culture; Art, Symbols, and Architecture; Archaeoastronomy and Calendars; Archaeology; Geology; Ethnobotany
  • "Teacher's Guide (PDF format) includes: The astronomical and archaeological achievements of early Native Americans; The importance of ceremony at Chaco Canyon; The connection of Chaco with the cultures of Meso-america; the relationship between the Chacoan people and contemporary Pueblo people; and the importance of sky watching and astronomical cycles to ancient cultures; How the concept of time differs among cultures; The evolution of scientific knowledge over time"--Back of container insert
  • "This is the long-awaited sequel to Anna Sofaer's classic film THE SUN DAGGER, which changed forever our perception of America's earliest Indian peoples."--bullfrogfilms.com
Bibliography note
Guide includes bibliographical references (p. 57-71)
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (56 min.)
Isbn
9781560299998
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
761326999125
Other physical details
sound, color
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (OCoLC)53466107
  • 1010304
  • (OCoLC)ocm53466107
  • 1010304
System details
  • DVD
  • DVD-ROM system requirements: computer with a DVD-ROM drive, Adobe Acrobat
Video recording format
DVD
Label
The mystery of Chaco Canyon, Bullfrog Films presents ; produced and directed by Anna Sofaer ; written by Anna Sofaer and Matt Dibble ; a production of the Solstice Project
Publication
Copyright
Note
  • Originally produced as a documentary film in 1999
  • DVD-ROM feature: 78-page teacher's guide (PDF file)
  • Teacher's guide includes 3 units. Unit I: Exploring Chacoan Cosmology & Culture; Lesson Plan: Social Studies, Grades 9-12 (+ 3 activities). Unit II: Exploring Chaocan Astronomy; Lesson Plan: Earth and Space Science, Grades 5-8 (+ 4 activities). Unit III: Enrichment; Grades 5-12 : Traditional Literature; Pueblo Culture; Art, Symbols, and Architecture; Archaeoastronomy and Calendars; Archaeology; Geology; Ethnobotany
  • "Teacher's Guide (PDF format) includes: The astronomical and archaeological achievements of early Native Americans; The importance of ceremony at Chaco Canyon; The connection of Chaco with the cultures of Meso-america; the relationship between the Chacoan people and contemporary Pueblo people; and the importance of sky watching and astronomical cycles to ancient cultures; How the concept of time differs among cultures; The evolution of scientific knowledge over time"--Back of container insert
  • "This is the long-awaited sequel to Anna Sofaer's classic film THE SUN DAGGER, which changed forever our perception of America's earliest Indian peoples."--bullfrogfilms.com
Bibliography note
Guide includes bibliographical references (p. 57-71)
Carrier category
videodisc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Dimensions
4 3/4 in.
Dimensions
other
Extent
1 videodisc (56 min.)
Isbn
9781560299998
Media category
video
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
videodisc
Other control number
761326999125
Other physical details
sound, color
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
videodisc
System control number
  • (OCoLC)53466107
  • 1010304
  • (OCoLC)ocm53466107
  • 1010304
System details
  • DVD
  • DVD-ROM system requirements: computer with a DVD-ROM drive, Adobe Acrobat
Video recording format
DVD

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