Desert View Watchtower Rededication - May 22 2016
The National Park Service (NPS) and its partners held a re-dedication ceremony at the Desert View Watchtower on Sunday, May 22, 2016. The ceremony, a National Park Service Centennial event, commemorated the grand re-opening and rededication of the Watchtower from a souvenir shop to a cultural heritage place.
Representatives from the NPS, Grand Canyon Association, Grand Canyon's InterTribal Advisory Council (ItAC), and the American Indian Native Alaskan Tourism Association (AIANTA) were present. "Thanks to the hard work of the ItAC and our partners, this project re-envisions how visitors experience Desert View and the entire park. This will lead the NPS into the next century," said Grand Canyon Superintendent Dave Uberuaga.
The ceremony took place between 10:30 and 11:30 am, and was free and open to public. The following speakers participated:
Dianna White Dove Uqualla,
David V. Uberuaga
Cultural demonstrations took place throughout the weekend
Desert View has been transformed into a place to celebrate, share, and learn about inter-tribal cultural heritage. The revival of Desert View as a cultural heritage site provides opportunities for the public to connect with Grand Canyon National Park's Traditionally Associated Tribes through displays and the Cultural Demonstration Series.
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Perched on the edge of Grand Canyon, a surprising stone tower celebrates ancient mysteries of the Southwest. The Desert View Watchtower is a monument to a time, a place and a people. Discover what inspired architect Mary Colter to build the Watchtower in 1932.