The name De Chelly
is a Spanish corruption of the Navajo word "Tsegi"
, which means roughly "rock canyon"
. The Spanish pronunciation "day shay-yee"
has gradually changed through English usage, and the name is now pronounced "d'SHAY"
(more info at http://www.nature.nps.gov/geology/parks/cach/index.cfm
). Ancestral Pueblo peoples are the ancestors of the people living in the 19 modern New Mexico Pueblos and at Hopi in northeastern Arizona.