Canyon De Chelly: Enduring Traditions and Modern Challenges
Speak with members of the Navajo Nation in Canyon de Chelly, where you’ll learn about the Long Walk of 1864, what it’s like to live on the Reservation and enduring traditions of crafts.
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Program No. 1053RJ
6 days
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At a Glance

Spider Rock, Canyon del Muerto, Massacre Cave — place names invoking the spirit, history and mystery defining Canyon de Chelly. Against a backdrop of ancient ruins and beautiful canyon walls, the Navajo raise sheep, farm and live in traditional hogans, many without running water or electricity. Join Navajo speakers in discussions of their culture and the challenges of living on the Reservation.
Activity Level
On Your Feet
Walking up to one-quarter mile with longer optional hikes. Elevations up to 7,200 feet.

Best of all, you'll ...

  • Hear about the Navajo’s Long Walk of 1864, Kit Carson’s role and the return of the Navajo to their sacred lands.
  • Learn about Canyon de Chelly’s geology and ancient Puebloan inhabitants on field trips to both the North and South canyon rims and on a 4x4 adventure into the Canyon's depths.
  • Enjoy native arts demonstrations; learn how to recognize authenticity in Navajo jewelry.
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Azalia Lewis
Azalia Lewis is descended from the Navajo, Hopi, and Laguna tribes. Currently residing near the mouth of Canyon De Chelly National Monument, Azalia is Kin'ya'aani, (towering house clan), Kis'anni, (born for Hopi), Maii' deeshgizhnii, (born into coyote pass clan), and Too' lanii dinee', (born into Laguna). She attended school in Chinle and is pursuing a career in the art of jewelry making. Azalia looks forward to meeting new people and sharing the beauty of her multicultural background.
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