Navajo oral tradition and tree-ring dating suggest an earlier arrival than does much of modern archeology and anthropology.
After an incident caused by a lack of cross-cultural communication, the Acomas seized eighteen Spaniards including one of Oñate's nephews, who were in the Sky City to requisition supplies.
Both strangers to the region, they arrived nearly simultaneously.
The subsequent three hundred years involved working out the nature and extent of the relationship between the two groups.
All Rights Reserved The exact moment of the arrival of the Navajo people in the Southwest remains the subject of dispute.
The standard view of archeologists and anthropologists suggests that when the Spanish arrived from the south in the 1540s, the Navajo were in the process of migrating into the region from the north.