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Contact: Emily Davis, 928-638-7609
Grand Canyon, Ariz.–Grand Canyon National Park's second annual Desert View Cultural Demonstrator Series will come to an end Labor Day weekend, September 5-7. This series provides visitors the opportunity to interact with members of Grand Canyon National Park's 11 Traditionally Associated Tribes and for the artisans to share their history and traditional crafts.
Navajo weaver Gerard Begay will demonstrate his work at the Desert View Watchtower Saturday, September 5th and Sunday, September 6th from 9 am to 4 pm and Monday, September 7th from 9 am to 12 pm. Originally from Indian Wells, AZ, Mr. Begay learned weaving from his grandmothers and began weaving in 2013. Since then, he has participated in various events, including the Heard Museum Weavers Market and the Santa Fe Indian Market.
The Labor Day weekend demonstration is the last of eight in the 2015 series. The Cultural Demonstrator Series and other programs, exhibits, and opportunities will continue next year and beyond with the help of the park's 11 Traditionally Associated Tribes, Grand Canyon National Park's Inter-tribal Advisory Council, and a grant from the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association. For more information about the future of the Desert View area, go to https://www.nps.gov/grca/learn/news/desert-view-tribal-heritage-grant.htm.
Desert View is located on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park approximately 45 minutes east of Grand Canyon Village. For additional information about visiting Grand Canyon or for more information about the Desert View Cultural Demonstration Series visit www.nps.gov/grca.