In 1900 Charles Day, the oldest son, left the ranch to begin trading at the Bill Beaver Trading Post near Chinle. In 1901 Samuel Day sold the ranch to assist Charles, then built the trading post which still stands at Canyon de Chelly.
Charles Day was appointed by the Department of the Interior in 1903 as custodian of the Canyon de Chelly and del Muerto to prevent unauthorized excavations. He served as Navajo guide, interpreter and educator to Edward S. Curtis, author and photographer of The North American, a 20 volume classic. Charles helped preserve Navajo culture by translating many important myths, chants, ceremonials and children's stories from Navajo into English. A U.S. Marshall, Day died in an automobile accident in 1918.
Samuel Day, Jr. (1889-1944), also a trader and later a Forest Service employee, was one of the first Anglos to reproduce Navajo sand paintings in a permanent form, on paper and wood using adhesives. He also served as adviser to the Fred Harvey Company on the use of Indian symbols and designs for the Harvey Hotels.
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