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Rainbow Bridge, Glen Canyon, Utah, August 28, 1961

Rainbow Bridge, Glen Canyon, Utah, August 28, 1961

Artist: Eliot Porter (American, 1901 - 1990)
Date: 1961
Medium: dye transfer print
Dimensions:
Image: 10 5/8 × 8 3/16 in. (27 × 20.8 cm)
Support: 10 5/8 × 8 3/16 in. (27 × 20.8 cm)
Support (Secondary): 20 × 15 in. (50.8 × 38.1 cm)
Classification: Photograph
Credit Line: Gift of Eliot Porter, 1988
Keywords and Associated Locations:
Object number: 1993.3.125
Description
One of the best-known features of Glen Canyon is Nonnezoshe (“rainbow turned to stone” in Navajo), known in English as Rainbow Bridge. Viewing this natural formation once involved a rugged hike but after Glen Canyon Dam was built and Lake Powell began to rise, the site was accessible by motorboat, bringing thousands of visitors annually. In 1974, Navajo tribal members filed a lawsuit to preserve this and other sacred places but the court declined to close Rainbow Bridge to the public for Navajo religious ceremonies.
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