People have been part of Grand Canyon's history and culture from 10,000 years ago through today. Eleven contemporary tribes have cultural links to the area, and their oral histories are rich with references to the creation of that great chasm and torrential river. From the sixteenth century on, tribes familiar with the region were guides and informants for Spanish and later Euro-American explorers. The quiet area of the South Rim rapidly expanded into the Grand Canyon Village when entrepreneurs and miners came hoping to make a fortune. Passing through or calling the canyon home, many people have influenced the development and protection of Grand Canyon for themselves, for visitors, and for the National Park Service.
Eleven contemporary tribes have cultural links to the area and call Grand Canyon home.
Native Americans guided the earliest European and American explorers seeking riches and adventure into canyon country.
Miners came to Grand Canyon to exploit its resources, but many found the tourist industry more profitable and started offering guided tours.
Native Art and Activism
Native American individuals from Grand Canyon's affiliated tribes have long used art for cultural practice and as a part of activism.
The "Little Mexico" Community
The "Little Mexico" community formed on the South Rim from 1919-1929 and is a story of resilience and resourcefulness.
After the Santa Fe Railroad started bringing visitors to the canyon, entrepreneurs came to the canyon to make their fortune.
Civilian Conservation Corps
Company 819 arrived on May 29, 1933 and continued on the South Rim until the end of the program in July, 1942.
Whose Story Is History?
Bringing the Diverse History of Grand Canyon into the Light
Last updated: February 18, 2022