In December 1910, Indian traders John and Louisa Wetherill opened their trading postwith a tent for supplies (and sleeping) and a store counter of boards laid across two barrels. From that modest beginning, Kayenta became the center of Navajo gatherings and exploring expeditions to Rainbow Bridge, Monument Valley, and the grand cliff dwellings in Tsegi Canyon. Soon came a parade of visitors, including authors, painters, and archaeologists, as well as cowboys, miners, traders, and tourists. The Kayenta Township today is home to descendants of the early inhabitants and the hub for thousands of annual visitors from around the world who come to see the magnificent region known as Monument Valley.
About the Author
Carolyn O’Bagy Davis is the author of numerous books on the history of the American West. Harvey Leake is a descendant of Kayenta pioneers John and Louisa Wetherill. Their extensive collection of historic photographs is featured in this book. Kayenta Township Commissioner Richard Paul Mike is an anomaly within his own tribe, from having three first names to co-owning a number of fast-food restaurants and a hotel on the great Navajo Nation.
Table of Contents
1 Red Canyons and Purple Sage 11
2 Moonlight Water 19
3 Diné Means "the People" 33
4 Kayenta, Where Water Comes Like Fingers out of a Hill 49
5 Monument Valley 95
6 Kayenta Today 111