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National Parks Store: Film–The Sun Dagger


Narrated by Robert Redford, The Sun Dagger: The Story of America’s Stonehenge explores the complex culture of the ancient Puebloans.

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Artists and scientists are observers. In 1977, artist Anna Sofaer was studying petroglyph art atop Fajada Butte in Chaco Canyon when she observed a dagger shape of light illuminating a petroglyph. Located on Fajada Butte (New Mexico), the Sun Dagger is the only known site in the world that marks the extreme positions of both the sun and the moon.   She photographed the dagger shape and thus began a journey of exploration into astronomy, archaeology, and other disciplines. This discovery also led to the formation of The Solstice Project, a nonprofit organized to study, document, and preserve Sun Dagger and study other achievements of ancient Southwestern cultures.

Entertaining and informative for academics and laypeople, this classic film documents the celestial calendar created by the ancient Puebloans. Narrated by Robert Redford, The Sun Dagger: The Story of America’s Stonehenge explores the complex culture of the ancient Puebloans, who constructed the calendar and thrived both spiritually and materially in the harsh environment of Chaco Canyon.



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Event Tags: American Indian, astronomy, chaco culture, culture, educational, environment, film, free, history, movie, Native American, New Mexico, puebloan, traditional

May 5, 12, 19, & 26

Date:
Thursday, May 5
Time:
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Place:
The National Parks Store
12880 N. Vistoso Village Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85755 United States
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Contact:
520-622-6014
Cost:
Free
To reserve seats, please call 520-622-6014 during business hours, beginning one week prior to the event.
Date:
Thursday, May 12
Time:
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Place:
The National Parks Store
12880 N. Vistoso Village Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85755 United States
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Contact:
520-622-6014
Cost:
Free
To reserve seats, please call 520-622-6014 during business hours, beginning one week prior to the event.
Date:
Thursday, May 19
Time:
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Place:
The National Parks Store
12880 N. Vistoso Village Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85755 United States
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Contact:
520-622-6014
Cost:
Free
To reserve seats, please call 520-622-6014 during business hours, beginning one week prior to the event.
Date:
Thursday, May 26
Time:
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Place:
The National Parks Store
12880 N. Vistoso Village Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85755 United States
+ Google Map
Contact:
520-622-6014
Cost:
Free
To reserve seats, please call 520-622-6014 during business hours, beginning one week prior to the event.

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