Ancient cultures revealed in 2 films at Tamástslikt

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Ancient Mesoamerican culture and civilization will be featured in two films being shown in March at Tamstslikt Cultural Institute, 47106 Wildhorse Blvd.

"The Mystery of Chaco Canyon," narrated by Robert Redford, will be shown at 6 p.m. March 22.

It will present discoveries about the astronomical knowledge of an ancient Pueblo Indian people known as the Chacoans.

Chaco Canyon in northwestern New Mexico, was the center of a complex ceremonial system involving the earth, the sun and the moon.

Dramatic aerial and time-lapse footage, computer modeling, and interviews with scholars reveal how the Chacoan people designed, oriented, and located 12 massive buildings to express their knowledge of an order in the universe.

While the Chacoans left no written text, their thoughts are preserved in the language of their architecture, roads and light markings.

Landscape, directions, sun and moon and movement of shadow and light were the materials used by the Chacoan to express their cosmological knowledge.

Members of the Zuni, Acoma and Laguna Pueblos offer insights to their ancestors and speak of the spiritual significance of Chaco Canyon in Pueblo culture today.

"National Geographic Live! Explorers: George and David Stuart," will be screened at 1 p.m. March 24.

In the 3,000 years between 1500 B.C. and 1500 A.D., the Maya created one of the most distinctive, accomplished civilizations in the Americas.

The Stuarts worked more than two decades at the Maya site and recently released the illustrated book, "The City on the Edge of Forever: Palenque and the Ancient Maya World."

The father-son team shares the story of Palenque -- its rulers, unique social structure and world view, and enduring architecture -- and offer their insights into classic Maya culture.

Tamstslikt is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Saturday. For details, call 541-966-9748.

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