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Canyon De Chelly Near White House Ruins
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© Christine Till
If the rocks in Canyon de Chelly could talk they would tell you that for nearly 5,000 years, people have lived in these canyons - longer than anyone has lived uninterrupted anywhere in North America. It preserves ruins of the early indigenous tribes, including the Ancient Pueblo Peoples (also called Anasazi) and Navajo.
Canyon de Chelly is entirely owned by the Navajo Tribal Trust of the Navajo Nation. Approximately 40 Navajo families still have their homes, raise livestock, and farm the lands in these canyons. They are connected to a landscape of great historical and spiritual significance - a landscape composed of places infused with collective memory.
Over 30 million years, erosion carved towering cliffs, that now rise 1,000 feet off the canyon floor, and created an abundance of picturesque vistas of rocky outcroppings and dry riverbeds. Canyon de Chelly is indeed a magical place.
September 2nd, 2013
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