February 2019 Orations
The groundhog did not see his shadow (of course not, it was cloudy!), but apparently that means that spring is on the way. We will see how accurate that is with all the bad very cold weather in the East, Northeast and Midwest.
I had a hard time deciding what to feature this month since we are getting ready for a stock reduction sale. Preparation has been time-consuming. I finally determined that Canyon de Chelly (pronounced d-shay) was what I should feature. You will find Limited Edition series for that beautiful area as well as a page showing more of the gorgeous canyon (click Mountains, Canyons and Caverns link then click on Canyon de Chelly) as well as the adjoining Canyon del Muerto. Canyon del Muerto was the site of the Navajo Wars.
Around 1700, adversaries pushed the Navajo people south and west into the Canyon de Chelly region. They brought with them domesticated animals acquired from the Spanish and a culture modified by years of migration and adaptation. By the late 1700s, lengthy warfare erupted between the Navajo, other American Indians, and the Spanish colonists of the Rio Grande Valley. Canyon de Chelly National Monument preserves and interprets the site of a battle that occurred during this time. On a winter day in 1805, a Spanish military expedition, which Lt. Antonio Narbona led, fought an all-day battle with a group of Navajo people fortified in a rock shelter in Canyon del Muerto (located within the Canyon de Chelly National Monument). By the end of the day, Narbona reported that 115 Navajos were killed. The rock shelter where this occurred is called Massacre Cave. Visitors may view Massacre Cave at the Massacre Cave Overlook on the North Rim Drive of the park.
Our Photo of the Month is Spider Rock a granite spire which houses Grandmother Spider according to the Navajo. It is probably one of the most photographed places in the entire canyon. Our Featured Series show Canyon De Chelly from Junction Overlook, the confluence of the two Canyons – de Chelly and del Muerto, and finally a view of White House Ruins. The canyons hold the ruins of many pueblos from the Anasazi period.
Please enjoy our photos of this historic Arizona monument. Until next time!
Peace from the Desert… Karen