Canyon de Chelly

Canyon de Chelly in Northern Arizona as been inhabited around 5,000 years, beginning with the hunters and gatherers, followed by the Basketmakers, the Puebloans, the Hopi, and finally in 1700 by the Navajo.  Canyon de Chelly is a labyrinth of serpentine canyons, with walls only 30 feet high at the mouth but rising to over 1,000 feet  as you go deeper into the canyon.  The Navajo established peach orchards, cornfields, and brought in sheep and goats acquired from the Spanish.  By the late 1700’s warfare had begun between the Navajo, Spanish, and Utes, threatening the peaceful life of the Navajo.

There are many pictographs and petroglyphs on the walls of the canyon which tell the story of each group of Canyon de Canyon de Chelly Petroglyphs Chelly inhabitants.

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