Inside the Canyon
Trip Start Sep 20, 2010
39Trip End Oct 26, 2010
He gave us an overview of the canyon and history as he had learned it from his grandfather. Oscar's parents lived in the city and at the age of three he was taken to visit his grandparents who still lived in Canyon de Chelly. It was love at first sight. His parents allowed him to stay in the canyon with his grandparents for the summer with the caveat that they would come and get him if he got homesick. He never did and he remained in the canyon and was raised by his grandparents. The love for this canyon is as strong today as it was in the small boy. He still gets joy driving into the canyon and just walking sometimes with his camera.
Canyon de Chelly is unique among the National Park system; it is comprised entirely of Navajo Tribal Trust Land that remains home to the canyon community. NPS works in partnership with the Navajo Nation to manage park resources and sustain the living Navajo community. We asked Oscar about this partnership and his response was that "it's working".
If you visit this canyon it is very worthwhile to take a jeep tour and Oscar was wonderful. He is a good steward of his land and of his culture and is happy to share his knowledge.