Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: A Scattering Of Light

Visitors to the Southwest and the Colorado Plateau often comment on the stunning, and sometimes strange, light effects they encounter. Commentator Scott Thybony has found that what lies beyond the visual experience can have an even greater impact. Here is his latest Canyon Commentary, A Scattering of Light.

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: Remembering The Fight Of The Black Seminole Indians

The United States is reckoning with a painful history of slavery, genocide and systemic racism. Protests continue across the country, bringing awareness to the impact that history continues to have on people of color. Today, commentator Scott Thybony brings us the story of his experience attending a ceremony in Texas to honor the ancestors of Black Seminole Indians. He was working on a story for Smithsonian magazine at the time. The Black Seminoles escaped from southern rice plantations in the

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: Remembering The Fight Of The Black Seminole Indians

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: Healing

KNAU commentator Scott Thybony always spends a lot of time outdoors, but that's been especially true of the last 6 weeks during the COVID-19 pandemic. Scott's been walking canyon rims, volcano craters and hollowed-out cliffs filled with rock art images. In between hikes, he's been writing. And in this week's Canyon Commentary, Scott reflects on his recovery from encephalitis many years ago, drawing some parallels to the current situation. He says being able to connect with others was part of the

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: In Place

Much of the country is sheltering in place as best they can right now while the coronavirus continues to spread. For commentator Scott Thybony, this is a chance to do what he loves best: get outside, away from people and reflect on the natural world and the human spirit. Here is Scott's latest Canyon Commentary.

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: Road To Nowhere

Most roads take you somewhere. But the Southwest is filled with a lot of roads that lead nowhere in particular. Commentator Scott Thybony has acquired a taste for them and recounts a recent road trip to one of his favorite destinations on the Colorado Plateau...nowhere.

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: The Green Room

Driving on Highway 89 across the Navajo Nation, you're likely to see the giant art installations of Chip Thomas painted on abandoned water tanks and trading posts. Thomas, a physician, has lived and worked on the Reservation for more than 30 years. Under his street artist name, Jetsonorama, he creates large scale murals that tell stories of Indigenous people. In KNAU's latest Canyon Commentary, writer Scott Thybony shares the experience of introducing his son to Thomas' work on a recent road

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: The Ambush

This week, the nation is honoring military veterans with a federal holiday and countless stories of courage and bravery. Commentator Scott Thybony has his own story to mark the occasion. It took place more than a century ago and has slipped through the cracks of history until now. In his latest Canyon Commentary, Scott brings us the tale of Bernard Taylor, a soldier from the Winslow area, who earned the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1874 for bravery under fire.

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: The Naturalist

A stand of bear-clawed aspen trees on the San Francisco Peaks is the jumping off point for this month's Canyon Commentary by Scott Thybony. It was the base camp of naturalist C. Hart Merriam in the late 1800's. He was working on a groundbreaking project: studying the distribution patterns of plants and animals from the bottom of the Grand Canyon to the top of Humphrey's Peak. Merriam called them 'Life Zones', the boundaries which reflect climate and ecological variation in mountains, deserts,

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: A Prisoner Of War

Some years back, KNAU commentator Scott Thybony took an assignment for a magazine article about Native American POWs from tribes of the Colorado Plateau. He interviewed WWII veteran Sam Antonio, an Acoma Indian, who lived through the Bataan Death March, Hell Ships and unimaginable torture by his captors. Antonio credited his survival to his Pueblo religion. In Scott Thybony's latest Canyon Commentary, he tells the story of their first meeting. The two remained friends until Sam's death two years

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: A Sheepherder's Breakfast

Commentator Scott Thybony was in northern Canada in 1972 when he realized he'd had enough of the freezing-cold and wanted to come home to the Southwest. Upon his return, he and his brother decided to live on the Navajo Nation with an elderly medicine man and his wife who needed some help tending their land. But not sharing a similar language, the adventure led to a funny miscommunication about food. Scott tells us the story in his latest Canyon Commentary.

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: Island In The Sky

Flagstaff astrogeologist Eugene Shoemaker played a key role in the early days of lunar exploration as a world-renowned expert on impact craters. But he also had a passion for rivers. Commentator Scott Thybony once took a trip with Shoemaker to Island in the Sky, a mesa within Canyonlands National Park. That's where Shoemaker told him about swimming Lava Falls Rapid in the Grand Canyon on a trip to retrace John Wesley Powell's exploration of the Colorado River. In Scott's latest Canyon Commentary

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: Montezuma's Treasure

Commentator Scott Thybony isn't normally interested in legengs about buried treausre in the Southwestern desert. But even he is susceptible to a good story. In his latest Canyon Commentary, Scott shares the wild tale of a search for Aztec gold along the Arizona Strip in the 1920's. It was such a frezy, the entire town of Kanab, Utah shut down for two years during the quest to find Montezuma's treasure.

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: The Book of Love

The West is a rugged place filled with outlaws, tall tales and rocky terrain. The same description could also apply to Western love stories. Writer Scott Thybony has been musing lately about tough love stories on the Colorado Plateau. He shares a few with us in his latest Canyon Commentary.

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: Ahab's Tree

Arizona storms produce some pretty spectacular lightning shows. They're fun to watch if you're at a safe distance, but if you're out in th elements, dodging bolts can be downright terrifying...and life-threatening. Writer Scott Thybony knows that. In his latest Canyon Commentary, he introduces us to Ahab's Tree, a lightning-scarred Ponderosa on the San Francisco Peaks.

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: Home Of The Burrito

Burritos might not be the first food that come to mind on Thanksgiving Day, but they are for commentator Scott Thybony. He's a burrito guy; always has been. And on this day - that is partly a celebration of indigenous foods, like beans and flat breads - Scott tells us about his life-long bean burrito odyssey.

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: The Last Drink

On this Halloween, commentator Scott Thybony brings us the gruesome true story of an outlaw named John Shaw. In 1905, he was gunned down by a sheriff's posse after robbing some gamblers of $300 in silver coins. Shaw was buried in a cemetery east of Flagstaf, near the Canyon Diablo Trading Post. But, his friends thought he deserved a more ceremonious burial. We'll let Scott tell you the rest in his latest Canyon Commentary.

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: Rite of Passage

A journey through the Grand Canyon by river has changed many a life, maybe because of the wider perspective it offers. Professors have dropped out to become boatmen, boatmen have gone on to become professors. And once, a trip down the Colorado River became a rite of passage for a young river runner...and his father. Scott Thybony has more in this month's Canyon Commentary.

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: The Naming Ceremony

Commentator Scott Thybony had the honor recently of attending a Hopi baby naming ceremony. His good friend, tribal judge Delfred Leslie, had a new granddaughter and wanted Scott to come out to First Mesa for the dawn ceremony. He told Scott to be prepared to offer a name for the baby, as tradition expects of all guests. In this month's Canyon Commentary, Scott talks about ancestors, the mixing of traditions, and the cultural mosaic of the Colorado Plateau.

Scott Thybony's Canyon Commentary: The Cave Rescue

The dramatic rescue of a youth soccer team in Thailand conjured up some memories for KNAU commentator Scott Thybony. In 1965, when he was just 16 years old, Scott took part in the rescue of four men trapped inside a cave in Arkansas. The two events—decades and thousands of miles apart—share some eerie similarities.