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/Diné raise sheep, farm and live in traditional hogans, many without running water or electricity. Join Navajo/Diné 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/Diné 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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William Yazzie
William Yazzie is a Navajo from Canyon de Chelly. Arizona, who grew up in both traditional Navajo and modern ways. He has spent the last 24 years working for the National Park Service — specializing in law enforcement — in Mesa Verde National Park, Bandelier National Monument and at Canyon de Chelly National Monument. William learned singing and drumming from his late father, and loves sharing the gift of Navajo music and dance with people of all nations.

Please note: This expert may not be available for every date of this program.

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