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‘Canyon de Chelly’ — More Feral Horses.

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You see a LOT of horses in and around the Canyon. Many are feral. Others belong to the local Navajo. In some cases what looks like feral horses are but neglected ones! This year’s drought has done a job on all the horses, other than the few in horse riding camps. Water is a big problem. These two were on the main North Rim road, around Del Muerto.


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‘Canyon de Chelly’ — The Hummingbird & The Thistle.

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It is hard to see because it is brown and blends in with the dried grass. Right in the middle of the picture, to the left of the bright purple thistle.

This was on the North Rim. At the turn-off to the Massacre Cave & Mummy Cave Overlooks. It looked like a BIG insect at first until I got a good look.


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‘Canyon de Chelly’ — The National Monument Visitor Center From Above.

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From the same vantage point, i.e., the supposed ‘Navajo Long Walk’ memorial, as my last two Canyon de Chelly posts. The red structure, with the model hogan to its left is the Visitor Center. It has some interesting exhibits, is very welcoming and offers free Indian tea. The road to Chinle is to the right. Left is the way to the ‘Thunderbird Lodge‘ and the South Rim. The three cars you see, at the Stop sign, are on the North Rim road.


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The Haunting History Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — The ‘Massacre Cave’.

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Even more of the historic aspect of Canyon de Chelly as opposed to its majestic grandeur.

Yesterday I shared with you the ‘Massacre Cave‘ ruins on the North Rim. This is the cave itself where 115 Navajo, men, women and children, were massacred by the Spanish, in 1805 — with guns.


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The Haunting History Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — ‘Massacre Cave’ Ruin.

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Even more of the historic aspect of Canyon de Chelly as opposed to its majestic grandeur.

Just the NAME ‘Massacre Cave‘, on the North Rim, tells you ALL, chillingly. 115 Navajo, men, women and children, were massacred in the caves, by the Spanish, in 1805 — with guns.

These ruins are NOT really a part of that Massacre. They are ruins that are BELOW the cave, on the other side of the Canyon.


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The Haunting History Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — The ‘First Ruins’, Close To Entrance.

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Continuing the series on Canyon de Chelly but now on the historic side as opposed to its undeniable grandeur.

The name tells it all when it comes to these ruins and they are, as such, the second best known of the ruins, after the easily accessible ‘White House’ ruin. These ruins are prior to the ‘junction‘ when the Canyon splits into ‘North‘ and ‘South‘. It is about 45-minutes on horseback and about 10 by jeep.


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The Haunting History Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — ‘Antelope House’ Ruins, North Rim.

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Continuing the series but now on the historic side.

These ruins on the North Rim get their name from very realistically antelopes painted on the rock face to the left of the house (when looking at it). That is NOT a modern swastika. The orientation is wrong to begin with. The swastika is a very ancient symbol found among many different civilization. It invariably, as in this case, represents the circle of life.


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