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Photographing Antelope Canyon Navajo slot canyon Page Arizona USA Navajo Nation

Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon in the American Southwest. It is on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona. Antelope Canyon includes two separate, scenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as “Upper Antelope Canyon” or “The Crack”; and “Antelope Canyon” or “The Corkscrew”.

The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon is Tsé bighánílíní, which means ‘the place where water runs through rocks’. Lower Antelope Canyon is Hazdistazí (called “Hasdestwazi” by the Navajo Parks and Recreation Department), or ‘spiral rock arches’. Both are in the LeChee Chapter of the Navajo Nation.

Antelope Canyon Navajo slot canyon
Antelope Canyon Navajo slot canyon

Antelope Canyon Navajo slot canyon
Antelope Canyon Navajo slot canyon
Antelope Canyon Navajo slot canyon
Antelope Canyon Navajo slot canyon
Antelope Canyon Navajo slot canyon
Antelope Canyon Navajo slot canyon
Antelope Canyon Navajo slot canyon
Antelope Canyon Navajo slot canyon

Antelope Canyon Navajo slot canyon
Antelope Canyon Navajo slot canyon
Antelope Canyon Navajo slot canyon
Antelope Canyon Navajo slot canyon
Antelope Canyon Navajo slot canyon
Antelope Canyon Navajo slot canyon
Antelope Canyon Navajo slot canyon
Antelope Canyon Navajo slot canyon

Antelope Canyon Navajo slot canyon
Antelope Canyon Navajo slot canyon
Antelope Canyon Navajo slot canyon
Antelope Canyon Navajo slot canyon
Antelope Canyon Navajo slot canyon
Antelope Canyon Navajo slot canyon

Antelope Canyon sacred site for the Navajo

Formed over hundreds of years of water running through sandstone, Antelope Canyon is both a sacred site for the Navajo.

The Navajo name for Upper Antelope Canyon means “the place where the water takes a picture of itself.” Centuries ago, herds of pronghorn antelope roamed freely in Antelope Canyon, which explains the canyon’s English name. It is not known exactly when people first discovered Antelope Canyon, but according to local Navajos, who have lived here for generations, the canyon ia a place where cattle grazed in winter.

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