Author adds perspective on Colorado Plateau

Craig Childs to speak Thursday at Durango Arts Center

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One of the Four Corners’ favorite sons will help the Durango Arts Center celebrate its latest exhibit, “The Colorado Plateau: A Storied Land.”

Author and adventurer Craig Childs, an Arizona native who now lives in Colorado, will give a multimedia show at the DAC theater after guests have a first glimpse of the exhibit. His presentation, “Land of Ghosts: Travels in Ancient Places” is one of three special events planned to coincide with the art show.

“The Colorado Plateau” features works by regional artists Thomas Begay, Kit Frost, Chloe Hedden, Bruce Hucko, Don Kirby, Janet Lever-Wood, Louisa McElwain, Joaquin Salazar, Serena Supplee and Jackie Weller.

Childs has gained worldwide fame for his extended expeditions on which he searches for wilderness where others see none. His book Apocalyptic Planet was one of Maria’s Bookshop’s top sellers of 2012, and his visit to the store last year was a shoulder-to-shoulder affair. His latest project involves a couple of archaeological sites that are about 15,000 years old.

“I just look for stuff on the ground and it keeps going back further and further,” Childs said of his never-ending studies. “Land of Ghosts” isn’t specific to the Colorado Plateau exhibit, but Childs will include photos and stories of mostly prehistoric Southwest culture, the Sierra Madre region of northern Mexico, 14,000-year-old cave dwellings in Oregon and a pit in Texas with 15,000-year-old stone jewels and mastodon remains.

Cliff dwellers such as the ancestral Puebloans, who lived in the Four Corners about 1,200 years ago, are newcomers by comparison.

“Mostly, this is a tour of the past of the ground beneath us and what kind of ancestry we’re living in,” Childs said.

Other events planned to coincide with “The Colorado Plateau” exhibit include “The Four Corners of Inspiration,” a lecture and slide show by Bruce Hucko (March 16) and the premiere screening of “Death of Place,” a documentary film featuring Childs by Durango filmmaker Larry Ruiz (March 20).