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The Raw, Rugged Grandeur Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — “Tsegi Overlook” On The South Rim.

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Continuing the series. This is the second overlook on the South Rim — that being the more visited Rim. You can clearly see the river bed and one farm. This was was greenest part of the Canyon this year.


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The Flowers Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — At The “Tunnel Overlook” On The South Rim.

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Not sure what they are. I think it is some type of cacti. You can see the prickles to the side. Saw a fair bunch of these all around the Canyon.


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The Raw, Rugged Grandeur Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — “Tunnel Overlook” On The South Rim.

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Continuing the series. This is the first overlook on the South Rim — that being the more visited Rim. It gives you a good idea of what is to come.


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‘Canyon de Chelly’ — Car Belonging To The Owner Of A Tour Company.

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Picture tells it all. Clever advertising. It is a ‘she’ and she runs one of the main tour companies. I have more pictures of this magical car.


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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 Raw, Rugged Grandeur Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — “Coyote Rock”, North Canyon.

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Continuing my series highlighting the hard to ignore grandeur of this magical place. Check out my entire series. I even have some videos, e.g., ‘Hiking the White House Trail‘.

‘Coyote Rock’ is between the ‘Antelope House‘ ruins and the ‘Standing Cow‘ ruins — in the North Canyon.


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The Raw, Rugged Grandeur Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — “White House Trail”, South Rim.

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Back to showcasing the undeniable grandeur of this magical place. Check out my entire series. I even have some videos, e.g., ‘Hiking the White House Trail‘.


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The Haunting History Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — The Famous ‘White House’ Ruins.

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Continuing my series on the historic aspect of Canyon de Chelly as opposed to its majestic grandeur.

I have already talked quite a bit about this ‘White House‘, the best known and most visited of the ruins, as well as posted this video on the hike to the ‘White House’ ruins. Just wanted to share this picture.


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Canyon de Chelly: The Legend Of The Upside Down ‘Kokopelli’.

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Bigger picture of where the upside down Kokopelli is located.


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Canyon de Chelly’s upside down Kokopelli is a ‘pictograph‘ (i.e., painted as opposed to carved) within the valley, fairly close to the entrance to the Canyon. You can’t see it from any of the overlooks. You have to go into the Canyon, with an authorized Navajo guide, on horseback, by ‘jeep‘ or by foot. We did both, on consecutive days. Hence, the two pictures at top (with two different cameras). As such we also got to hear about the legend, from two separate Navajo guides, 24-hours apart. And we did 3-years ago. So, I have heard the legend multiple times.

This Kokopelli is pretty close to the entrance, way before you get to the First Ruin — or even the area below the first South Rim overlook, i.e., Tunnel Overlook.

The Kokopelli, indubitably, is a fertility spirit — with the fertility also extending to farming. This agricultural aspect is important in Canyon de Chelly since they try and farm in the Canyon as much as they. They could NOT in 2018 because, atypically, they did NOT get any snow and as such there was no snow melt in the Spring.

The Canyon de Chelly Navajo think of Kokopelli as a ‘womanizer‘ who seduces women with his flue — that being the connection with fertility.

That he is famously depicted upside down is said to do with his ‘womanizing’. I can relate to that. {Smile}

His hunchback is also said to relate to his ‘womanizing’! It is said to carry his extra ‘seed’. So, the ancient Navajo had much to learn about human anatomy.

Per some Canyon de Chelly Navajo folks would hear Kokopelli’s flute, in the Canyon, in early Spring. That was a good omen and they knew that the coming years would be good.

Now you start getting divergence in the legend.

One Navajo guide was adamant that his grandmother, who grew-up and lived on the Canyon floor, told me about 10-years ago, that ‘they’ stopped hearing the flute about ’40-years’ ago. “they’ think that that is not good. You could understand why.

Other Navajos disagree. They claim that Kokopelli is still around and all is good. Hhhhmmm!


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The Raw, Rugged Grandeur Of ‘Canyon de Chelly’ — “Junction Overlook” On The South Rim.

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Continuing the series. This is the fifth picture, NOT counting all the ones I posted as ‘Picture of the Day‘. Please check those out too. Enjoy. Also checked out the ‘Hiking the White House Trail‘ video I posted two days ago.


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