Celebrate National American Indian Heritage Month 2009
Contact: Hallie Larsen, 928-524-6228 x274
Petrified Forest, AZ — Petrified Forest National Park is pleased to promote awareness of and appreciation for the history and culture of American Indians during National American Indian Heritage Month. This month is dedicated to recognizing the cultures, the events and lifeways, the creativity and achievements of American Indians and Alaska Natives. This year’s theme is "Celebrating Tribal Nations: America's Great Partners." The park’s closest tribal nation partners include the Hopi, Zuni, Navajo, and White Mountain Apache.
Activities at Petrified Forest include the following:
Cultural demonstrators will be featured each Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mountain Standard Time (MST) at the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark. Take this opportunity to observe and discover traditional arts and skills in practice today:
Take a tour of Puerco Pueblo and Petroglyphs, a site on the National Register of Historic Places. Meet at the trailhead for Puerco Pueblo every day at 3:00 p.m. MST.
Take a tour of the Painted Desert Inn National Historic Landmark and look for the architectural details that reflect the American Indian Heritage of the region, including murals by Hopi artist Fred Kabotie. Meet at Painted Desert Inn every day at 10:00 a.m. MST.
Be sure to visit other places reflecting Petrified Forest’s rich American Indian heritage: Newspaper Rock, Agate House, and discover sites throughout the Petrified Forest National Wilderness Area.
The visitor centers have information on other programs being given in November. Program availability is based on weather conditions and staffing.
For information call (928) 524-6228, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. MST; or write to the Superintendent, Petrified Forest National Park, P.O. Box 2217, Petrified Forest, AZ 86028; or e-mail the park Superintendent.
Did You Know?
Standing on the edge of a vast badlands landscape, a Spanish explorer is rumored to have named the area "El Desierto Pintado" (The Painted Desert) because the hills looked like they were painted with the colors of the sunset.