The Place Where Water Runs Through Rock

Antelope Canyon located in Northern Arizona is well known around the world!

Antelope Canyon lies just outside of Page, Arizona

Antelope Canyon lies just outside of Page, Arizona

Just outside of Page, Arizona lies Antelope Canyon. Located on the Navajo Indian Reservation.  The Dine (The People as the Navajos call themselves), manage the use of the canyon as a Navajo Nation National Park.  Antelope Canyon is broken into two sections, Upper Antelope is known as Tse bighanilini which means “The place where water runs through rocks” (aka The Crack), and lower Antelope Canyon is Hasdestwazi or “spiral rock arches” (aka The Corkscrew).  Both of these canyons are an awesome display of natural forces at work.  Carved by flash floods that are common to the area, this Navajo National Park has been accessible only by Navajo Permits since 1997.  The permit system came after 11 tourists from around the world were killed by a flash flood in Lower Antelope Canyon!

For more information on these Canyons go to the following links;

http://navajonationparks.org/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antelope_Canyon

Navajo is a Descriptive Language

The Navajo language is very descriptive and their words often describe things that they see in the natural world.  Hence the name for Upper Antelope Canyon “The Place Where Water Runs Through Rocks”. The language was one that was used by a few heroic Navajo veterans to help win World War II.  For example, a Battleship was translated into the Navajo word Lo-Tso which means “Whale”, while a Cruiser was Lo-Tso-Yazzie which meant “Small Whale”.

See the following link for the dictionary they used;

http://www.history.navy.mil/faqs/faq61-4.htm

The use of Code Talkers was kept secret for many years!

The Code Talkers were kept secret for 23 years after the end of WWII.  President Ronald Reagan gave them a Certificate of Recognition and made August 14, 1982, National Code Talkers Day.  On December 21, 2000, President Bill Clinton awarded the surviving Code Talkers Congressional Gold Medals and Silver Medals to the approximate 329 surviving heroes.

http://www.navajocodetalkers.org/

Where Water Enters Upper Antelope Canyon

Where Water Enters Upper Antelope Canyon

The Canyon is 140 from at it's deepest point!

The Canyon is 140 feet deep at it’s deepest point!

The Sandstone Walls are Cut into Mysterious Shapes

The Sandstone Walls are Cut into Mysterious Shapes

The Canyon is so Narrow in places  only two people can walk side by side

The Canyon is so Narrow in places only two people can walk side by side

The Heart of the Canyon

The Heart of the Canyon

The Sands of Time

The Sands of Time

Sunlight lights the exit

Sunlight lights the exit

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About rsingram

Environmental Specialist, Disaster Reservist, Certified Professional in Erosion and Sediment Control, Para-Archeologist
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