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Canyon de Chelly

Accession Number
1999/1.96

Title
Canyon de Chelly

Artist(s)
Edward S. Curtis

Artist Nationality
American (North American)

Object Creation Date
1904

Medium & Support
orotone on glass

Dimensions
10 1/2 in x 13 1/2 in (26.7 cm x 34.3 cm);15 3/4 in x 18 7/8 in (40.01 cm x 47.94 cm)

Credit Line
Museum purchase made possible by the W. Hawkins Ferry Fund

Subject matter
This photograph is a depiction of a group of Navajo on horses crossing the Canyon de Chelly, located in Northeastern Arizona. The Navajo live in this region, and are one of the largest groups in the Southwest. Curtis recorded in his ethnographic account that this canyon is of the "divine ones," a sacred canyon from which the gods emerge and voices echo from those who have passed. 

Physical Description
A team of seven people on horses and a dog cross the desert. They appear small compared to the vast rocky landforms behind them.

Primary Object Classification
Photograph

Collection Area
Photography

Rights
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Keywords
Navajo (culture or style)
canyons
deserts
riding horses (animals)
teams

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