Celebrate Native American Indian Heritage Month November 9; Honor Veterans with Fee-Free Entrance November 11 and 12 at Grand Canyon

Two photos of American Indian performers. On the left, Jonah Littlesunday holding his wooden flute. On the right, Derrick Suwaima Davis, hoop dancing in mid-air with three hoops with a sandstone butte in the background.
Left, Jonah Littlesunday, flute player. Right: Derrick Suwaima Davis, World Champion hoop dancer.

Both photos courtesy of the artists.

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News Release Date: November 2, 2017

Contact: Vanessa Ceja-Cervantes, 928-638-7728

Grand Canyon, AZ - On Thursday, November 9 Grand Canyon National Park will host a Native American Indian Heritage Celebration with special presentations and demonstrations recognizing the many accomplishments, contributions and sacrifices made by America's first people.

Native American Indian Heritage Days celebrate and promote understanding of the diverse
cultures, traditions, and histories of Native American Indian people. Grand Canyon National Park's extensive Native American Indian histories make it an ideal place for the public to learn about, acknowledge, and appreciate Native American Indian culture.

From 10 am to 3 pm at Shrine of the Ages, silversmiths, weavers, carvers and potters from Grand Canyon's 11 traditionally associated tribes will demonstrate and sell their arts and crafts. The event continues at 7:30 pm with a welcome from Deputy Superintendent Brian Drapeaux from the Sioux Tribe, a traditional Havasupai prayer by Coleen Kaska, a Veteran recognition by AJ Lapre from the Mescalero Apache Tribe and an appreciation by Tina Yazzie of the Navajo Nation. The festivities will conclude with performances by Jonah Littlesunday, a flute player and puppeteer from the Navajo Nation and Derrick Suwaima Davis, a seven world time champion hoop dancer from the Hopi Tribe and Choctaw Nation. This is a free event and open to the public.

For more information about Native American Indian Heritage Days please contact Tina Yazzie at tina_yazzie@nps.gov.

Grand Canyon National Park will honor those who serve and have served in the United States
military by offering free entrance to all park visitors on Veterans Day Saturday, November 11 and Sunday, November 12
.
Active duty members of the U.S. Military and their dependents can also pick up a free annual pass using a current, valid military identification card. For more information on the annual pass please visit, www.nps.gov/findapark/passes.htm.

Park visitors are reminded that the fee-free designation applies to entrance fees only and does not affect fees for camping, reservations, tours, or use of concessions. Park entrance stations will have Interagency Senior and Annual passes available for those who wish to purchase them. Those who plan to spend time in the park beyond November 12 will need to pay the regular entrance fee for the remainder of their stay. Grand Canyon visitors are also encouraged to explore Arizona's 22 national parks and monuments located throughout the state. To plan your visit to Grand Canyon National Park please visit, www.nps.gov/grca.

This is the last fee-free day of 2017. Fee-free days taking place in 2018 will be announced at
www.nps.gov/findapark/feefreeparks.htm.

 
-NPS-

Last updated: November 8, 2017

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