People of the Great Planted Fields

People of the Great Planted Fields - When bands of Navajo first arrived in the Southwest, the Anasazi pueblos in Canyon de Chelly were deserted ruins. By 1600 the Navajo had become seminomadic farmers. A century later they were known for their sheep, blankets of finely woven wool, and fields of corn.

The name Navajo is a Tewa-Pueblo Indian word meaning "Great Planted Fields". Dine' - The People - is what the Navajo call themselves.

Canyon de Chelly provided the Dine' with two important necessities: a suitable location to raise crops and herd sheep, and protection from their enemies.

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