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Mittens And Merrick Butte Monument Valley
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© Christine Till
The quintessential Southwestern scenery is represented by the mesas and buttes of Tse Bii' Ndzisgaii (Valley of the Rocks), the Navajo name for Monument Valley. Known around the world for its landscape, which was made famous in John Ford Westerns of the 1930s and later (as well as numerous other films), this jewel of the Navajo Nation is depicted in all sorts of light, from first light to sunrise, mid-morning, sunset and dusk.
In the 1860s, Kit Carson sent Utes and Paiutes into Monument Valley to capture raiding Navajo, who escaped to the nearby areas such as Navajo Mountain. Two of the soldiers who remained in the valley to mine for silver were James Merrick and Ernest Mitchell. The Utes and Paiutes killed both Merrick and Mitchell near the two prominent buttes which still bear their names.
East (Left) Mitten and West (Right) Mitten butte are named for their shape, which resembles mittens.
This is one of the most famous rock formations in the Southwest.
October 11th, 2013
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