"TOTEM POLE & YEI BI CHEI" Top 5 Page for this destination Monument Valley State Park Favorite Tip by LoriPori

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Favorite thing: In Navajo culture, the Yei is a slender figure that represents a supernatural being, one with the power to heal. Male Yeis' have round heads, while the female Yeis' are shown with square or rectangular heads.
The YEI BI CHEI are side-facing figures representing a line of Navajo Dancers impersonating Yeis. One ceremony is a healing ritual and the Yei Bi Chei dance can last many days until the ailing patient is healed.

One of the most well known peaks in the Valley, the TOTEM POLE is a tall, red sandstone column 450 feet high, but only 40 feet across.

Review Helpfulness: 4.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Oct 18, 2009
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