Dean M. Chriss
Sunset, Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelly, Arizona

Sunset, Spider Rock, Canyon de Chelly

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The tall spire shown here is Spider Rock, illuminated by the setting sun. It looms more than 800 feet above the canyon floor, which is still home to many Navajo families. The top of the Spider Rock is said to be the home of Spider Woman, one of the Navajo's most important deities. Five periods of native American culture dating from A.D. 348 to the present are represented in Canyon De Chelly and Canyon del Muerto, which comprise Canyon de Chelly National Monument in Arizona.