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Contact: Shannan Marcak, 928-638-7958
Grand Canyon, AZ. – On Saturday, March 24, 2012, Grand Canyon National Park will host its 5th annual Archeology Day in honor of Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month.
Grand Canyon National Park's Archeology Day is intended to help park visitors learn more about those who lived here long ago and to gain a greater understanding of the work that archeologists do and what can be learned from their research. The event will feature opportunities for visitors to try their hands at making clay pinch pots and split-twig figurines; creating rock art using scratch art paper; coloring Hopi pot designs; sifting for artifacts; and planting corn, beans and squash seeds - traditional foods of the park's native peoples. Additionally, there will be special programs by park archeologist Jason Nez and NAU anthropology professor Chris Downum. All activities are free and family friendly and will take place between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the Shrine of the Ages which can be easily accessed via the park's free Village Route shuttle.
Archeology Day will conclude with a very special evening program by Shonto Begay, artist, author, educator and Grand Canyon Master Artist-in-Residence. Begay will discuss how his Navajo heritage and the rich culture of the Navajo reservation have influenced his contemporary paintings, as well as his environmental and social justice activism. Begay's program will begin at 7:30 p.m. at the Shrine of Ages Auditorium located on the South Rim near Parking Lot A.
Additional special Evening Programs, focusing on archeology topics, will be held throughout the month of March.
For more information on Archeology Day (including a full schedule of events once available) and on special park programs happening throughout Archeology and Heritage Awareness Month, please visit the park's web site at http://www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/arch_day.htm, or call Supervisory Park Ranger Libby Schaaf at 928-638-7641.