Big Hogan, Monument Valley

Big Hogan   Copyright © 2006 John D. Clark

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Wind and water eroded a hole in the ceiling of this Monument Valley cave. The formation is known as "Big Hogan" since the cave resembles the traditional Navajo hogan. These round dwellings include an opening in the ceiling so that a fire may be burned inside. The use of a hogan is dictated by its construction - the "female hogan" being the family dwelling, and the "male hogan" being used for sacred ceremony.

  

© 2006 John D. Clark
Updated 12/28/2006