The Sinister Story Behind This Popular Arizona National Monument Will Give You The Chills
By Monica Spencer|Published September 10, 2017
Monica is a Diné (Navajo) freelance writer and photographer based in the Southwest. Born in Gallup and raised in Phoenix, she is Tódich'ii'nii (Bitter Water People) and Tsi'naajinii (Black Streak Wood People). Monica is a staff writer for Only In Your State, photo editor for The Mesa Legend, and previously a staff writer for The Navajo Post. You can reach her at email@example.com.
There’s no questioning the violent history Arizona has had over the centuries. It’s been documented in written form ever since Spaniards began traveling north into Arizona’s vast deserts clad in their heavy Conquistador armor. And while a great number of atrocities have occurred in the centuries since then, Indigenous oral histories and archaeological evidence suggest the threat of violence was nothing new for societies living in the area.