Chaco Canyon

A New Approach To Chaco Canyon

Jul 17, 2014
Sam Wise / Creative Commons

The prehistory of Chaco Canyon has largely been interpreted using archaeological evidence that has lead to explanations of Chaco Canyon as a destination for Mesoamerican traders, a hub in a centralized redistribution system, or as a destination for pilgrims within a ritualized landscape. KSJD's Tom Yoder talks with Dr. John Ware, an anthropologist and archaeologist who believes that the key to explaining Chaco canyon may lie in deciphering differences and similarities among the living descendants of Chaco: the historic Pueblo peoples of Arizona and New Mexico.