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The Western National Parks Association (WNPA) is a nonprofit organization that operates bookstores in dozens of parks in the western United States. Their organization develops publications, funds research, and supports interpretive programs. Click here for the WNPA website.
The telephone number for Chaco's WNPA bookstore is (505) 786-7014 x265.
Chaco's bookstore carries a variety of literature for audiences including the general public, researchers and students, children, and teachers. Below are some suggestions for the most popular resources on Chaco. The complete publication list is available here.
Chaco: A Cultural Legacy by Michal Strutin, published by WNPA
This book is a thorough introduction to Chaco with many color photographs. For six centuries enormous ancient buildings lay undisturbed in a remote corner of northwestern New Mexico. Now these "great houses" intrigue and inspire all who encounter them.
People of Chaco: A Canyon and Its Culture by Kendrick Frazier
Frazier combines scientific research and ethnographic data to give readers a sense of the lives of the real people occupying Chaco Canyon, from the Puebloans to historical figures in archaeology. This book is a strong compilation of the things we "know" about Chaco and a compelling starting point for considering the countless unknowns.
Evelyn Johnson, Manager
Did You Know?
Many buildings got the names you see at the park today during an exploration under Lieutenant James Simpson in 1849. Simpson recorded the names given to him by one of his guides, Carravahal. They have linguistic origins in Spanish, Navajo, and Hopi.