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June 30, 2021 @ 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Hosted online. Register below.

This program has already taken place. The recorded session will be available on our YouTube channel on Thursday, July 1, 2021.

This year’s annual Cordell Lecture will be part of the Senses of Place summer series. This special panel presentation will explore the meaning of space and place in relation to Chaco Canyon.

Chaco Canyon is remarkable and wonderous to the people who visit it each year, but what meaning did this place have to people 1,000 years ago? Perhaps most importantly, how did this remote and desolate canyon come to be meaningful to the Ancestral Pueblo people who created the massive structures and landscapes visible today?

Join Southwestern archaeologists Steve Lekson, Ruth Van Dyke, and Catherine Cameron and Indigenous scholar Phillip Tuwaletstiwa as they interweave their perceptions about how Chaco came to be a place of profound meaning for the Ancestral Pueblo people, how Chacoan great house architecture materialized the canyon as a central place, and how, eventually, Chaco’s significance faded and the religious and political ideas that animated Chaco reemerged many miles to the north. Each panelist will speak to those aspects of Chaco as a meaningful place that they know best, but they will also contemplate and query the ideas presented by their fellow speakers and the audience to achieve a rich understanding of Chaco Canyon and its meaning.


Catherine Cameron (U. of Colorado), Steve Lekson (U. of Colorado), Phillip Tuwaletstiwa (Hopi Tribe), Ruth Van Dyke (Binghamton University)

This annual lecture is made possible by generous support from donors to the Linda S. Cordell Fund. This program is also generously supported by the Ethel-Jane Westfeldt Bunting Foundation. 

SAR Members Conversation with Catherine Cameron, Steve Lekson, and Ruth Van Dyke
Wednesday, June 30 at 4:00 p.m. (Mountain Daylight Time)

Following the talk, SAR invites current members to take a deeper dive into the topics during an informal Zoom conversation with speakers Catherine Cameron, Steve Lekson, and Ruth Van Dyke.

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Free and open to SAR members only. Limited to 50 screens. RSVP to Amy Schiffer, schiffer@sarsf.org