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Taken on the Navajo Reservation in 1930 near the settlement of Sunrise, AZ. Living in Los Angeles at the time, my grandparents Harvey Hoag Duryée and his wife Grace Bartlett Kissam, were on a trip through the southwest in their new 1930 Chrysler 77 Crown Sedan. The caption on the back, written in Grace's hand, reads "Navajo girls near Sunrise on road from Oraibi - 1930". (Monday morning quarterbacking: I'm fairly certain the child on the back of the burro is a boy...) On this trip they went to places like Durango Colorado, Bryce Canyon in Utah, the Grand Canyon, and throughout Arizona down to Tombstone and Nogales, documenting their trip with pictures along the way. View full size.