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Shiprock in San Juan County, New Mexico — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

Shiprock

 
 
Shiprock Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 31, 1994
1. Shiprock Marker
Inscription. This huge volcanic neck was formed in Pliocene
times, over 3,000,000 years
ago. It rises 1700 feet above the surrounding plain and is famed in legends
of the Navajo as "Sa-bit-tai-e" (the rock with the wings). They hold that it was the great bird that brought them from the north.

 
Erected by State of New Mexico.
 
Location. Marker has been reported missing. It was located near 36° 46.324′ N, 108° 44.006′ W. Marker was in Shiprock, New Mexico, in San Juan County. Marker was on U.S. 64, on the left when traveling west. Click for map. West of the town of Shiprock, several un-named Reservation roads in the area. Marker was in this post office area: Shiprock NM 87420, United States of America.
 
Regarding Shiprock. Shiprock, located in northwestern New Mexico, is a most impressive example of a volcanic neck, or a central feeder pipe. The remnant of an eruption around 30 million years ago during the Oligocene, it is the basalt core of an extinct volcano. Near the main peak, one can see small pinnacles, the remains of smaller auxiliary volcanic vents. When the magma solidifies before ever reaching the surface, it is referred to as a "diatreme". The local Navajos consider it sacred, being a main
Shiprock image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 31, 1994
2. Shiprock
The world's finest example of an exposed volcanic throat and can be seen for 100 miles. On hot summer days Shiprock looks as if it is floating, hovering like, above the desert floor, giving the appearence of flying...having wings.
character in their folklore. They call it Tse Bitai, meaning "the winged rock". The central part of Shiprock, visible from many kilometers away, is roughly 500 meters in diameter. Stretching 600 meters into the sky above the surrounding terrain, Shiprock is part of both the Navajo and Chuska volcanic fields in northeastern Arizona and northwestern New Mexico, extending north into Utah and Colorado. It is also within the boundaries of the vast Colorado Plateau. Known as the Four-Corners area, this region of extinct volcanic features covers approximately 20,000 square km. ( Navajo Nation Organization)
 
Also see . . .
1. Shiprock Pinnacle - Tse'Bit'Ai -Rock With Wings. The story:
According to Navajo legend Bird Monster carried Monster Slayer to a high ledge below the peak. The Sun, father of Monster Slayer, gave him arrows of sheet lightning, with which he killed the two adult Bird Monsters. He spun the two infant Bird Monsters around his head to create an eagle and an owl, to help the generations of "the five-fingered people." Monster Slayer was then carried to the ground by Bat Woman or Spider Woman. Shiprock is said to be the home of Coyote. See the Legend of Spider Rock

The Legend of Spider Rock
Spider Rock is the home of Spider Woman and here is how that came to be. When the Dine came into this fourth world from the previous third world, monsters were here and
Shiprock image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, May 31, 1994
3. Shiprock
The soft volcanic rock makes up the awesome monolith, making it a dangerous challenge to climb; however, the California Sierra Club scaled it successfully in 1939. Shiprock has been closed to public access for climbing since 1970.
killed many people. Spider Woman used her supernatural powers to send Monster-Slayer and Child-Born-Of-Water in a search for their father, Sun-God, who showed them how to destroy the monsters. Monster-Slayer also has a role in the story of Tse'Bit'Ai, which means "rock with wings." The Anglo word is Shiprock. (Submitted on April 23, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Shiprock Peak. The name Shiprock apparently came into use in the 1870s as indicated by the U.S., Geological Survey Maps. (Submitted on April 23, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

3. Shiprock, Wikipedia entry. The peak and surrounding land are of great religious and historical significance to the Navajo people. (Submitted on April 23, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
Shiprock image. Click for full size.
By Www.lapahie.com, circa 1914
4. Shiprock
or Shiprock Peak or Ship Rock (Navajo: TsÚ Bit'a'Ý, "winged rock" is a rock formation rising 1,583 feet above the high-desert plain on the Navajo reservation, about 12 miles southwest of the northern New Mexico town of Shiprock, which is named for the peak.
Shiprock image. Click for full size.
By USps, 1962
5. Shiprock
A stamp of Shiprock Peak (TsÚ Bit'Ai), New Mexico on the Navajo Nation. Issued in 1962 for commemoration of the 50 years of New Mexico Statehood (1912-1962).
Spider Rock, found in nearby Canyon de Chelly image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, June 1, 1994
6. Spider Rock, found in nearby Canyon de Chelly
see "The Legend of Spider Rock" as mentioned from link
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,613 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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