Yupkӧyvi is the Hopi name for Chaco Canyon.
“Currently, the greater Chacoan landscape is under threat from aggressive oil and gas development. Existing laws and management policies are good at protecting monumental architecture such as great houses, but it is more difficult to locate, interpret, and manage features such as roads, soundscapes, and night skies. Our ability to understand Chaco depends upon the protection of this landscape in a way that honors both what is known and what we still must learn.” – Drs. Ruth Van Dyke & Carolyn Heitman
Since 2017, we have interviewed various Indigenous Peoples, including the Hopi featured in this documentary, where they reveal details of their ancient culture rarely told to the general public. In this film, Yupkӧyvi-The Place Beyond the Horizon, the Hopi explain how the impact of encroaching oil and gas production is a clear and present threat not only to Chaco Canyon and the greater Chaco landscape but to the Hopi with their ancient spiritual and ancestral ties to this landscape. They also disclose how the entire planet has been impacted by greed and destruction of this ancient land.
Normally indigenous Peoples are very reserved about speaking outside of their culture concerning oral history, ceremonies, beliefs and prophesies. But because of the serious threats of encroaching fracking, and oil and gas exploration upon their ancient Chaco Canyon homeland, (Yupkӧyvi), the Hopi felt it their duty to explain exactly what is at stake not only Chaco Canyon proper but the entire greater Chaco landscape.