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Navajo Nation Sites Reopens (Photo Story & Quick Facts)

 

Four out of the Navajo Nation sites were recently reopened after the break due to covid, the Canyon de Chelly, Navajo National Monument, Hubbell Trading Post, and Four Corners Monument have returned to the public after being shuttered for more than a year due to the epidemic.

Attractions and businesses on the tribe are now operating to 50 percent capacity as part of the Navajo Nation’s COVID-19 reopening plan.
Indoors, in all public places, and on all guided excursions, masks must be worn.

The Navajo sites are among the most significant and historic sites in the world today.

The Navajo Nation is the biggest tribe in the United States, with a population of over 300,000 people and a reservation the size of West Virginia

From the 1939 Western Stagecoach to the 2013 failure The Lone Ranger, the reserve’s vast desert landscapes have drawn some of Hollywood’s greatest stars to the area, including John Wayne and Johnny Depp.

 

The scenery on Navajo land is among the most beautiful in the world.


Clearly, Hollywood has already figured it out.
At least 12 films, including Back to the Future Part III and Forrest Gump, have been shot in Monument Valley, not to mention all the Westerns from the 1940s and 1950s.

What many people don’t realize is that the Navajo have always lived on territory inside the four holy mountains, and their economy has always been based on the desert.

The Navajo National Monument

The Navajo National Monument protects three major pueblos that date back to the 13th century C.E., as well as archaeological evidence of human usage in the area spanning thousands of years.

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Betatakin, Keet Seel, and Inscription House were all built in huge, natural alcoves carved out of the Navajo Sandstone Formation, providing residents with both shelter and natural spring water.
In the canyon’s steambeds, the Ancestral Puebloan people hunted wild animals and grew corn, beans, and squash, allowing them to thrive in this high desert climate.
Hisatsinom are descendants of the Hopi people who erected these structures.

The Zuni, who are also pueblo builders, are aware that some of their lineages originated in this region.
Later, the San Juan Southern Paiute, known for their baskets, settled in the region and lived close to the cliff houses.
The park is still bordered by the Navajo Nation, as it has been for centuries.

IN PHOTOS:

West and East Mittens and Merrick Butte at Sunrise, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Navajo Nation Reservation, Utah/Arizona Border. (Photo by: Ron Reznick/VW Pics/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES – SEPTEMBER 25: Betatakin Settlement, Navajo National Monument, Arizona, United States. Navajo Civilisation, 13th century. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
(GERMANY OUT) Spektakulaere Naturlandschaft, das Monument Valley mit Navajo National Monument in Arizona USA, davor eine Gruppe berittenen Navajo Indianer mit Touristen (Photo by Harald Langeullstein bild via Getty Images)
CANYON DE CHELLY, AZ – MARCH 18, 2017: Children play while three men attempt to extricate a pickup truck out of the mud at Canyon de Chelly National Monument near Chinle, Arizona. Native American members of the Navajo Nation are allowed to drive their personal vehicles into the canyon but tourists can visit the canyon only on horseback tours or in four-wheel vehicles with Navajo guides. Established in 1931, the monument is jointly managed by the National Park Service and the Navajo Nation. The monument is entirely on Navajo tribal lands in northeastern Arizona. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)
Three Sisters and Mitchell Mesa, Camel Butte and Cly Butte, Loop Road, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Navajo Nation Reservation, Utah/Arizona Border. (Photo by: Ron Reznick/VW Pics/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)
Le Canyon de Chelly se situe au nord-est de l’Arizona, en pleine r?serve Navajo. (Photo by Jose-Fuste RAGA/Gamma-Rapho via Getty Images)
Arizona, Navajo National Monument, Betatakin Anasazi Village Ruins 1250 Ad, Tsegi Canyon. (Photo by: Jeff Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

UNITED STATES – SEPTEMBER 25: View of the Betatakin Settlement, Navajo National Monument, Arizona, United States. Navajo Civilisation, 13th century. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
CANYON DE CHELLY, AZ – MARCH 18, 2017: A view from an overlook on the canyon rim at Canyon de Chelly National Monument near Chinle, Arizona. Tourists can visit the canyon on horseback or in four-wheel vehicles with Navajo guides. Established in 1931, the monument is jointly managed by the National Park Service and the Navajo Nation. The monument is entirely on Navajo tribal lands in northeastern Arizona. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES – CIRCA 2003: Canyon, Navajo National Monument, Arizona, United States of America. (Photo by DeAgostini/Getty Images)
CANYON DE CHELLY, AZ – MARCH 18, 2017: Two Navajo girls play in the muddy water running in Chinle Wash at Canyon de Chelly National Monument near Chinle, Arizona, as a group of riders on horseback approach. Members of the Navajo Nation can visit the canyon any time but non-Native tourists can enter the canyon only on horseback or in four-wheel vehicles and only when led by Navajo guides. Established in 1931, the monument is jointly managed by the National Park Service and the Navajo Nation. The monument is entirely on Navajo tribal lands in northeastern Arizona. (Photo by Robert Alexander/Getty Images)

Forrest Gump Point,Monument Valley,Navajo Nation tribal park,Utah,USA
The 800 foot high Spider Rock sandstone spire in canyon de Chelly, Arizona in the USA is seen from a high angle view from the edge of a cliff. It is dusk with a blue and pink sky and the moon rising in the background. This notable landmark and travel destination began forming approximately 230 million years ago. It was named Spider Rock because the top of the rock formation was said to be the home of the mythical Spider Woman, who was a Deity to the Navajo people.
Panoramic of Kiet Siel Ruins at Navajo National Monument, Arizona, USA. 2 files stitched.
Keet Seel ruins close up, Navajo National Monument, Arizona.

The Saucers and Petrified Dunes at Sunset, Mystery Valley, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Navajo Nation Reservation, Utah/Arizona Border. (Photo by: Ron Reznick/VW Pics/Universal Images Group via Getty Images)

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