Expect Isolated Afternoon and Evening Thunderstorms Through the Weekend
Monsoonal weather patterns have moved into the Grand Canyon area decreasing fire danger. As a result, on Tuesday, July 8 at 8 a.m. fire managers lifted fire restrictions within Grand Canyon National Park. More »
Two Bats Collected in the Park Have Tested Positive for Rabies
One on the North Kaibab Trail and the other at Tusayan Ruin/Museum. Any persons having physical contact with bats in Grand Canyon National Park, please call 928-638-7779. Rabies can be prevented if appropriate medical care is given following an exposure. More »
Grand Canyon National Park to Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month
Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, Ariz. -- On, Wednesday, November 16, Grand Canyon National Park will be celebrating National Native American Heritage Month with a day of special presentations and demonstrations.
Grand Canyon's Native American Heritage Month celebration will take place from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Shrine of the Ages located on the South Rim.Visitors are encouraged to utilize the Village Route (Blue Route) Shuttle which stops both eastbound and westbound at the Shrine of the Ages.Parking may also be available nearby in parking lot A.
All are invited to participate in this special day of programs and demonstrations as we recognize and celebrate the many accomplishments, contributions, and sacrifices made by First Americans.
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
9:00 a.m. Presentation of Colors
Traditional Havasupai Opening Prayer
9:30 a.m. Opening Remarks
9:45 a.m. Traditional Stories of the Grand Canyon (Hopi)
10:15 a.m. Traditional Stories of the Grand Canyon(Na vajo/Diné)
10:45 a.m. The Navajo Long Walk
11:45 a.m. Traditional Stories of the Grand Canyon (Havasupai)
12:15 p.m. Demonstration: Apache Crown Dance
2:00 p.m. Unity in Cultural Diversity
4:00 p.m. Traditional Havasupai Closing Prayer
4:15 p.m. Retrieving of the Colors
Event MCs Tina Yazzie & Mae Franklin
To learn more about Grand Canyon's Native American Heritage Month celebration, please call the park's Diversity Program Coordinator Mariah Cisse at 928-638-7375, or Tina Yazzi, Vice-Chair of Grand Canyon's Diversity Council at 928-638-7761.
To learn more about Native American Heritage Month, please go to http://nativeamericanheritagemonth.gov/; and to read this year's National Native American Heritage Month Presidential proclamation, please visit the Whitehouse web site at http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/11/01/presidential-proclamation-national-native-american-heritage-month-2011.
Did You Know?
The Cambrian seas of the Grand Canyon were home to several kinds of trilobite, whose closest living relative is the modern horsehoe crab. They left their fossil record in the mud of the Bright Angel Shale over 500 million years ago.