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August 2004

The Museum Collections at Chaco Culture National Historical Park
Sophisticated, attractive site about Western Native American culture.
Grade Level: 3-5, 6-8, 9-12

The Museum Collections at Chaco Culture National Historical Park is a wonderful site for presenting a glimpse of the culture of the Native Americans that inhabited the Chaco plateau of the Colorado Plateau for more than 10,000 years. This virtual exhibit of artifacts includes pottery, ceramics, jewelry, petroglyphs, and tools.
This site uses scrollable frames to present the content. The major sections of the site are accessible through the top navigation bar that is consistent on all pages. Each page has a printable version and by scrolling to the bottom of the main page and clicking on the full text button, visitors can read the text of the entire site without clicking through the pages.

Visitors will want to begin the exploration of this site by reading the overview that gives background information about the Chaco Anasizi who were the first to build multi-storied dwellings in the American Southwest. The articles in this collection, made by the Chaco people, span the history of the Chaco Canyon and help to tell part of the story of this fascinating culture. The exhibition delves into daily life, subsistence, technology, trade and communication of these Native Americans. Each essay is accompanied with images of the artifacts. After exploring the different sections scroll down to the bottom of the main page and view the slide shows of the Kivas of the Peublo Bonito, Chaco Canyon Masonry, Petroglyphs and views of the Canyon itself. Additionally, there is an informative article about the ceramics and a timeline that provides a chronology of the Chaco area, a link to information about the Chaco Canyon itself, and a link to the full text of the site.


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