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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Keith Lyons
Keith Lyons is an archaeologist who specializes in North American archaeology, historic and prehistoric architecture, site preservation, cultural landscapes, human osteology, and museum management. He has spent the past 16 years working as a professional archaeologist throughout the Southwest, and has worked with the National Park Service, the National Forest Service, and several private archeological firms. Currently, Keith works as an archaeologist at Canyon de Chelly National Monument.
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