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Who Were They?They moved from pits in the ground to five-story buildings they made by hand.
No horses, no wheels, no metal, only muscle power. They built not one but 13 of these multi-story Great Houses, and thrived in a land well known for drought and scarce resources. When long-term drought hit and those resources got especially scarce, they began starving and fighting over them. Finally, the survivors had enough and joined other pueblos to the west and south.
We know them as Ancestral Puebloans, Hisatsinom, or Anasazi.
When I look out over Chaco Canyon's ruins from North Mesa, I wonder what I would have seen when this was a major cultural center. Was it teeming with...
Pilgrims? Priests? The elite ruling class? Farmers feeding a far-flung system?
No one knows for sure. They left no written record. But the amazing remains of their lives are there - imposing Great House ruins, cryptic petroglyphs and pictographs, ruler-straight roads, traces of water control systems.
Tell Their StoryI'd like to help you tell their story using your camera, and get some professional-quality pictures. You'll learn to interpret that story and make it part of yours. And from the best viewpoints - I'll show you where.
Start At HomeYou don't have to go anywhere to start - download your free guide to Ancestral Puebloan ruins photography with a bonus guide to petroglyph photography here.
Ready for your own professional-level shooting on-site? Please see photo tour descriptions here. Then call or click to join a tour. It will change your view of the American story - how everything began on a grand scale - and hugely improve your ability to tell a story with your camera.
Mark Bohrer |