Pueblo leaders at Chaco Canyon. Left to right: Randall Vicente (Governor, Acoma Pueblo); Michael Chavarria (Governor, Santa Clara Pueblo); and Octavius Seowtewa (cultural leader, Zuni Pueblo). This is a still from the Emmy-winning short documentary “Protecting Chaco’s 10-Mile Zone,” produced by Archaeology Southwest and David Wallace Visuals with the collaboration of these leaders and others. Image © David Wallace
Tucson, Ariz. (November 7, 2023)—On November 4, at its 46th annual ceremony, the Rocky Mountain Southwest Chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences awarded an Emmy to the short documentary film “Protecting Chaco’s 10-Mile Zone,” produced by Archaeology Southwest and David Wallace Visuals. The category was Historical/Cultural Content. It is Pulitzer Prize-winning photojournalist and filmmaker David Wallace’s tenth Emmy. Preservation Archaeologist Paul Reed spearheaded the project, and Istara Freedom provided production assistance.
The film showcases Tribal leaders’ broad support for protecting public lands surrounding Chaco Culture National Historical Park. In their own words, Pueblo leaders Chairman Mark Mitchell (All Pueblo Council of Governors and former Governor of Tesuque Pueblo), Governor Michael Chavarria (Santa Clara Pueblo), Governor Randall Vicente (Acoma Pueblo), cultural leader Octavius Seowtewa (Zuni Pueblo), former Vice-Chairman Clark Wayne Tenakhongva (Hopi), and Diné conservation leader Reyaun Francisco speak to the living and vital connections their communities have to the Greater Chaco Landscape.
“I am passionate about making films that promote conservation of the environment and help Indigenous communities share their stories,” said Wallace. “This film is built around both, and they are inextricably intertwined. For our film to be recognized with a Rocky Mountain Emmy is a great honor for me, and hopefully helps spread the word of conservation and these Indigenous perspectives.”
Reed added, “I am thrilled that our film was awarded an Emmy. Our goal was to center and elevate Indigenous perspectives on the importance of protecting Chaco and the Greater Chaco Landscape. This recognition helps further that goal more broadly.”
The film premiered on May 2, 2022. Watch it now:
About Archaeology Southwest
Founded in 1989, Archaeology Southwest is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Tucson, Arizona, on the homelands of the Tohono O’odham Nation and the Pascua Yaqui Tribe. We are privileged to work across the US Southwest and into northwestern Mexico on the Lands and Territories of many Indigenous Tribes and descendant communities.
We practice Preservation Archaeology, a holistic and conservation-based approach to exploring and protecting heritage places while also honoring the diverse values these places hold for people. We gather information, help make it accessible and understandable, share it with the public and decision-makers, advocate for landscape-scale protection, and co-steward heritage preserves with people who share interests in their conservation. We are committed to real and ongoing collaboration with Tribes in all areas of our work.
Learn more at archaeologysouthwest.org.
Explore the News
For Immediate Release
November 7, 2023
Paul F. Reed