"Ship Rock Monadnock"


"Ship Rock Monadnock"

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Limited Edition Aerial Photograph by Zedekiah

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This towering iconic symbol of the Great Wild American West is one of the most sacred of places in First Nations Diné (Navajo) traditions.

Playing a significant role in their ancient tribal religion, and traditions this solitary Monadnock is called "Tsé Bitʼaʼí," in Diné it can mean both "Rock With Wings" and "Winged Rock."

Old stories passed down by the elders say these are the remains of the great bird which long ago rescued the people from the dangerous northern lands where they were trapped and brought them to safety here in their present lands here in the Four Corners region of New Mexico.

This area is the center of the large swath of lands that were once occupied by the Ancient Pueblo People, a prehistoric Native American culture of the Southwest United States often referred to as the Anasazi.

The name "Shiprock" or Shiprock Peak or Ship Rock derives from the peak's resemblance to an enormous 19th-century clipper ship. Early American Settlers first called the peak "The Needle", a name given to the topmost pinnacle by Captain J. F. McComb in 1860.

The structure is a Monadnock (an isolated rock hill) made from the exposed throat or core of an ancient volcanic eruption 27 million years ago.

This structure was once at least 2,500–3,000 feet (750–1,000 meters) underground but over millions of years the forces of erosion removed all the surrounding ground and left the volcanic core and those strange wall-like sheets of Minette, known as black dikes, which radiate away from the central formation.

Some Diné tribal traditionalists believe this is an unnatural geological anomaly created as a sacred place by the 'Star People'.