Canyon De Chelly
Small creek rising in Tunicha mountains almost exactly on Arizona-New Mexico boundary line. Navajo word "Tschegi" or "de, sche-ay-e," "among the cliffs," "ghosts or evil spirits." Hodge. Not in any dictionary but so interpreted by Indians. Most of the year this is a dry wash. Heads at Sonsella buttes near State line. Flows northwest, joins Canyon del Muerto in t. 5 N., R. 9 W., to form Chinle creek.
"The orthography of Canyon de Chelly (pronounced "de Shay") was obtained from Senor Donaciano Vigil, Secretary of the Province of New Spain, who states that it is a word of Indian origin, probably a corruption by the Spanish of the Navajo term or word, "Tse-yi': the Rock canyon." Gregory.
Kit Carson's command had a fight here with Navajos in Jan.