Photo Review: Canyon de Chelly

We had the great opportunity to visit Canyon De Chelly National Monument three times during our three day stay in Chinle, Arizona.  Canyon de Chelly (pronounced “De SHAY”), also called Tseyi (pronounced SAY – ih), is unique in that it has been lived in by Native Americans for over 4,000 years.  Currently, the Navajo or Diné people live in the canyon and they manage it jointly with the National Park Service.  I love how the landscape and the people mirror one another.  There was a Navajo proverb on one of the interpretive signs that was along the lines of “Let us be a rock that the river has to go around”.  When you see Spider Rock (2nd image below) and you think about that as a source of inspiration for this culture, it is amazing to see how they have emulated the landscape.  They are still here and still leading their destiny into the new millenia.Canyon de Chelly near Spider Rock

Canyon De Chelly near Spider Rock
Spider Rock, Canyon De Chelly

Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelly

Anazazi ruins at Canyon de Chelly

White House Ruin as seen from above at Canyon de Chelly

Canyon de Chelly

Canyon de Chelly

sandstone at Canyon de Chelly

Sandstone formation at Canyon de Chelly

Canyon de Chelly

Canyon de Chelly

Anazazi ruin at Canyon de Chelly

White House ruin at Canyon de Chelly

Trail to White House Ruin

Trail to White House Ruin

Canyon de Chelly

There are still active Navajo farms in the Canyon bottom

Steep cliff walls at Canyon del Muerto

Steep cliff walls at Canyon del Muerto (which connects to Canyon de Chelly)

Advertisements

2 responses to “Photo Review: Canyon de Chelly

  1. ah, Sharon; again, these photos rival much of what I’ve seen in AZ Highways. May your service-driven journey continue with blessings of joy and discovery! Your pal LinMarie

  2. Pingback: time. | SouthwestDesertLover

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s