Edward S. Curtis returned to the high mesas of the Southwest numerous times while compiling his fieldwork for the North American Indian project. He was witness to many sacred Native rites including the Yebechai Dance of the Navajo, which Curtis was allowed to film. In 1906 Curtis visited Canon de Chelly and made one of his best known images. Entitled Canon de Chelly-Navaho, this serene image features seven riders on horseback, dwarfed by the thousand foot high sandstone cliffs as they ride peacefully through the canyon.
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