The Siting of Chacoan Great Houses
In Chaco Canyon, New Mexico, Indigenous people constructed more than a dozen monumental stone buildings, known as great houses c. AD 850-1150. The central question of much of my research has been: Why were each of the great houses built where they were? To help document the great houses in their landscapes, I photographed and created QuickTime VRs—dynamic, digital panoramic images. I developed a web site with maps, plans, QuickTime VRs, and text introducing each outlying great house:
Anasazi Great Houses
For a complete list of my Chaco publications and presentations, go to the Bibliography of the Chaco Research Archive
Designing Tribal Museums and Cultural Centers
Indigenous communities have established approximately 200 tribal museums and cultural centers in North America. What critical activities do tribal members and designers do to create culturally appropriate Indigenous architectures that meet needs of contemporary Indigenous communities? And how are Indigenous traditions honored during processes of designing? To address these questions, I interviewed tribal members, designers, and others involved in designing The Museum At Warm Springs in central Oregon. Interviews revealed that collaboration—within the interdisciplinary design team and between designers and Tribal members and contractors—was key. Tribal members shared cultural knowledge with designers who adapted to Indigenous modes of communication. Designers were sensitive to the landscape and committed to representing the Tribes and their world.