Edward Curtis also has a photo taken in Canyon de Chelley. Called The
Vanishing Race, I think kids would find many ways of entering its many
messages. It was a photo that Curtis searched for during his lifetime of
photographing people and brings the viewer into the canyon from the ground
level. A different time (1906) and a different perspective. Thankfully,
Curtis was wrong about the title.
On 19 November, Dionne C. Fernandez wrote:
For our final project at the U of A we are doing a lesson on water
conservation. This is our questioning strategy for an artwork used in our
lesson plan. The unit deals with living in the desert. The artis is Ansel
Adams. The photo is titled "The White House Ruins-Canyon de Chelley."
1942. Our questions for the students grade 3 or 4.
1. Why would anyone build a house on the side of a cliff?
2. Some say that the desert was covered with water long ago. What do
you see in this picture that makes you think this area was covered in
3. Why do you think people do not live here anymore?
4. Why do you think Mr. Adams took this picture?
If anyone has any suggestions or comments we would love to hear them.
Dionne, Jonna, Diana