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