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Near Chinle in Apache County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

The Place Where Two Fell Off

 
 
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By Cosmos Mariner, May 23, 2016
1. The Place Where Two Fell Off Marker
Inscription.  Spanish soldiers may have fired from this very site during the infamous “massacre” of 1805. Their Navajo targets were huddled in the alcove below and to the left.

Spanish accounts describe a day-long battle against Indians “…entrenched in an almost inaccessible point…” and the killing of 90 warriors and 25 women and children. The Navajo, however, say many men were away hunting at the time. Thus the dead were mostly women, children, and old men who had sought refuge from the invaders.

The Navajo call the alcove Adah Aho’doo’nili — Two Fell Off — referring to a brave Navajo woman who grappled with a soldier and tumbled to her death, dragging the enemy with her.
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Colonial EraNative AmericansWomen. A significant historical year for this entry is 1805.
 
Location. 36° 14.268′ N, 109° 21.568′ W. Marker is near Chinle, Arizona, in Apache County. Marker can be reached from Mummy Cave Overlook Road 1½ miles east of North Rim Highway (Indian Route 64). Marker is located within Canyon de
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By Cosmos Mariner, May 23, 2016
2. The Place Where Two Fell Off Marker
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Chelly National Monument, at Massacre Cave Overlook. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Chinle AZ 86503, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. House Under Rock (approx. 0.6 miles away); Sliding House Ruins (approx. 9.4 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Massacre Cave. Navajo women saw the Spanish soldiers coming and the people hid in Massacre Cave, located over 1,000 feet up the canyon wall. The cave was only accessible from the bottom and so the group was showered in a barrage of bullets from the Spanish. Bullet holes still remain in the walls of the cave from that fateful day that would end in the deaths of over 115 Navajo. Although it was not uncommon for there to be war between the Navajo people and other invading cultures in that time, the Massacre Cave location marks a particularly deadly battle for the Navajo and a dirty deed by the Spaniards. (Submitted on April 9, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. History of a Location: Canyon de Chelly. 1805: Some Spaniards succeed in reaching the hideaway and, in fighting off one soldier, a Navajo woman tumbles over the cliff taking him with her. One-hundred-fifteen Navajos are killed at what becomes known as The Place Where Two Fell Off. Thirty-five are taken as slaves and three-hundred-fifty sheep are stolen.
Ledge Where Two Fell Off (<i>telephoto view from marker</i>) image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 23, 2016
3. Ledge Where Two Fell Off (telephoto view from marker)
Paintings still visible on the rock faces record battles with the Spanish who are depicted on horseback. (Submitted on April 9, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
View of Canyon from near Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, May 23, 2016
4. View of Canyon from near Marker
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on April 9, 2021. It was originally submitted on April 9, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 47 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on April 9, 2021, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.

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