Art: Prehistoric Pictures

When American schoolboys learn about prehistoric cave paintings, they are usually taught about the ones at Altamira, Spain. Enthusiasts may go on to study those of Southern France, Africa and Australia. Amazingly, the nation's own Stone Age art treasures—mainly concentrated in the Southwest —are seldom mentioned. Yet amidst the labyrinthine grandeur of Arizona's Canyon de Chelly (pronounced shay) are thousands of caves, largely still unexplored by white men, where Indians long lived and left samples of their art.

The canyon itself is one of America's most beautiful and least-known national monuments. It lies at the heart of the Navaho reservation, about 80...

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