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Twentieth Annual Native American Heritage Days

Flyer for Heritage Days 2013 featuring the text: Grand Canyon North Rim. Come celebrate the cultural connections between Native People and Grand Canyon at Native American Heritage Days. August 8th and 9th. Featuring live performances, arts & crafts demonstrations, and interpretive programs. This event made possible by the generous support of Grand Canyon Association and Forever Resorts.

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News Release Date: July 22, 2013
Contact: Robin Tellis, 928-638-7739
Contact: Vanya Pryputniewicz, 928-638-7628

Grand Canyon , Ariz. – The National Park Service invites the public to the 20th annual Native American Heritage Days on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. 

This event, which celebrates the rich cultural diversity of the Colorado Plateau, the Arizona Strip and the Grand Canyon, will begin with a morning nature walk on Thursday, August 8, 2013, and will end with a special evening program on Friday, August 9.


Native American Heritage Days began in 1993 as "Paiute Days" which celebrated the Paiute as the last Native American group to occupy the North Rim of what would become Grand Canyon National Park. In 1997, the event was expanded to include all Native American groups with cultural ties to the 

Grand Canyon . Today, eleven tribes maintain strong cultural connections to the canyon. 

Throughout Native American Heritage Days, special programs will be offered by tribal members and non-tribal members on a variety of subjects, ranging from ethno-botany to Native American flute playing and dance. Programmed activities will take place in various locations throughout the North Rim developed area. Visitors may inquire at the North and South Rim visitor centers for a complete list of event activities, as well as their times and locations.

Support for this event is provided by the Grand Canyon Association, Forever Resorts, Flagstaff Area Parks and Pipe Spring National Monument.

For additional information on Native American Heritage Days, please contact District Interpretive Ranger, Robin Tellis, at 928-638-7739.

For advance overnight lodging reservations on the North Rim, contact Forever Resorts, at their toll free number (877) 386-4383 or at (480) 998-1981 or visit their website at www.foreverresorts.com. Advance reservations for the North Rim Campground can be made up to five months in advance on line at www.recreation.gov or by calling (877) 444-6777.

 

 

- NPS -

 
North Rim Heritage Days 2013 Schedule: August 8-9
Come celebrate the cultural connections between Native People and Grand Canyon.

Thursday, August 8th
8:30am - Nature Walk from Kaibab Paiute Perspective with Benn Pikyavit
at Visitor Center

12-5pm – Demonstrations on East Lawn of Grand Canyon Lodge
-Ramson & Jessica Lomatewama - Hopi Glass Work & Basket Weaving
-LeAnn Shearer – Kaibab Paiute Cradle Boards
-Glendora Homer – Kaibab Paiute
-Henry Nez & Cody Nez - Diné Silversmithing and Jewelry
-Milton Tso - Diné Cultural Displays
-Debra Onsae – Hopi Cultural Displays
-Zuni

1:30pm – Archaeology Talk from Kaibab Paiute Perspective with Benn Pikyavit
at Walhalla Overlook (Allow 40 minutes driving time)

3:00pm – Geology Program by NPS Staff
East Veranda of Grand Canyon Lodge

4:30pm – Condor Program by NPS Staff
East Veranda of Grand Canyon Lodge

5:15pm – Cedar Creek Apache Crown Dancers
East Veranda of Grand Canyon Lodge

6:00pm - Derek Suwaima – Hopi Traditional Dance
East Veranda of Grand Canyon Lodge

7:00pm – Campfire Program – Hopi Games with Debra Onsae and Miss Hopi
Campground Amphitheatre

8:00pm – Evening Program - Havasupai Story Teller James Uqualla with
Grand Canyon Lodge Auditorium


Friday, August 9th
8:30am - Nature Walk by NPS Staff
at Visitor Center

12-5pm – Demonstrations on East Lawn of Grand Canyon Lodge
-Ramson & Jessica Lomatewama - Hopi Glass Work & Basket Weaving
-LeAnn Shearer – Kaibab Paiute Cradle Boards
-Glendora Homer – Kaibab Paiute
-Henry Nez & Cody Nez - Diné Silversmithing and Jewelry
-Milton Tso - Diné Cultural Displays
-Debra Onsae – Hopi Cultural Displays
-Zuni

1:30pm – Archaeology Talk by NPS Staff
at Walhalla Overlook (Allow 40 minutes driving time)

3:00pm – Geology Program by NPS Staff
East Veranda of Grand Canyon Lodge

4:30pm – Condor Program by NPS Staff
East Veranda of Grand Canyon Lodge

5:15pm – Cedar Creek Apache Crown Dancers
East Veranda of Grand Canyon Lodge

6:00pm - Derek Suwaima – Hopi Traditional Dance
East Veranda of Grand Canyon Lodge

7:00pm – Campfire Program – Havasupai Story Teller James Uqualla with
Campground Amphitheatre

8:00pm – Evening Program – Hopi Culture by Ramson Lomatewama
Grand Canyon Lodge Auditorium

Did You Know?

SWITCHBACKS ON BRIGHT ANGEL TRAIL

Each year, thousands of hikers enter the Grand Canyon on the Bright Angel Trail. They follow a route established by prehistoric people for two key reasons: water and access. Water emerges from springs at Indian Garden, and a fault creates a break in the cliffs, providing access to the springs.