National Geographic : 1982 Jul
"The cleanness of sun-baked, wind swept places .... a voice out of the past, not very loud, that went on saying a few simple things to the solitude eternally." The Southwest was a major source of inspirationto Virginia-born,Nebraska bred Willa Cather,and her novels helped awaken America to the beauty and The Country of Willa Cather history of arid lands. She was an early visitor to the Canyon de Chelly region in Arizona (above), where the Anasazi built dwellings high in the sandstone cliffs a thousandyears ago. Rock paintings by laterNavajo artists (left) depict a 19th century Spanish expedition to the area.