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Creating a visual voice for social justice, environmental and health issues resulting from the energy industrialization of Native American Homelands and Sacred Places.

Greater Chaco Landscape Photography Workshop

Greater Chaco Landscape Photography Workshop

October 16 - 19, 2018

Chaco Culture National Historical Park, located in northwest New Mexico is arguably the most significant ancient cultural site in the United States.  Between AD 900 and 1150, Chaco Canyon was a major hub for the Ancient Pueblo Peoples.  The canyon contains the remnants of great houses, kivas, ancient roads, gridded gardens and irrigation systems built by a people who were proficient in astronomy, architecture, agriculture and the arts.


This workshop presents a rare opportunity to explore and photograph not only Chaco Canyon's great architectural heritage but several of its surrounding hidden sacred sites.  The workshop also offers a rare opportunity to experience the people who live within the greater Chaco landscape and to witness first hand the industrialization that threatens them and their way of life.


The focus of the workshop is to create a visual story or essay from your personal workshop experience.  You'll have the opportunity to photograph from morning to evening, working with the light as it relates to Chaco's unique architecture and landscape.  A list of recommended field-oriented equipment to accompany your camera will be supplied upon registration.


This four-day workshop will be based out of the historic Casa Blanca Inn in Farmington, New Mexico, about a three and half hour drive from either Santa Fe or Albuquerque.  It's an educational, field-oriented workshop for photographers seeking a unique off the beaten path experience.  Local experts will accompany our group on several occasions to share their knowledge of the area, its history and its future.  We will be out photographing in the field for three full days.  Please note that most locations are remote and require a fair amount of walking through a desert environment.


Carlan has spent the last sixteen years photographing and documenting Chaco Canyon, its artifacts, and its outlying sacred sites.  As you explore the area with him, you'll understand why he's so passionate about preserving Chaco Canyon's legacy for future generations to come.  Your tax-deductible workshop donation allows him to continue to produce this necessary and timely work.


The workshop is limited to 8 participants.  Your tax-deductible donation of $1850.00 includes honorariums, most meals, water, light beverages and snacks.  A $300.00 deposit is required at registration.  The remainder is due 60 days prior to the workshop.  No refunds within 60 days.  To register for the workshop please download and return the registration form with donation.


Lodging is not included, however, rooms at the Casa Blanca Inn have been set aside for your convenience. To reserve your room please go to


 “Chaco left no written language. The history is written in the landscape.  When we disturb the landscape, we erase the pages of the history book.”

                                                                                  Acoma Pueblo archaeologist Theresa Pasqual