Desert View Watchtower Labor Day weekend demos: Navajo weavers, tribal artisans

Watchtower, Desert View, Grand Canyon National Park, undated | Photo courtesy of the National Park Service, St. George News

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — Grand Canyon National Park’s second annual “Desert View Cultural Demonstrator Series” will conclude Sept. 5-7, at 9 a.m. daily.

Gerard Begay, Navajo weaver, location and date not specified | Photo courtesy of National Park Service, St. George News
Gerard Begay, Navajo weaver, location and date not specified | Photo courtesy of National Park Service, St. George News

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 and Sunday from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Monday from 9 a.m. to noon. Originally from Indian Wells, Begay learned weaving from his grandmothers and began weaving in 2013.

Navajo weaving of Gerard Begay, location and date not specified | Photo courtesy of National Park Service, St. George News
Navajo weaving of Gerard Begay, location and date not specified | Photo courtesy of National Park Service, St. George News

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 “Desert View Cultural Demonstrator Series” and other programs, exhibits and opportunities will continue next year and beyond with the help of the park’s 11 associated tribes, the Grand Canyon National Park’s Inter-tribal Advisory Council and a grant from the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association.

Desert View is located on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, approximately 45 minutes east of Grand Canyon Village.

Designed in 1932 By Mary Colter and constructed by the Santa Fe Railroad, The Desert View Watchtower overlooks the eastern end of Grand Canyon National Park. The Colorado River is visible lower left.  Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, undated | Photo courtesy of National Park Service, St. George News
Designed in 1932 By Mary Colter and constructed by the Santa Fe Railroad, The Desert View Watchtower overlooks the eastern end of Grand Canyon National Park. The Colorado River is visible lower left. Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, undated | Photo courtesy of National Park Service, St. George News

Read more: ArtPlace America grant offers new life to Grand Canyon’s Desert View Point

Event details

  • What: Desert View Cultural Demonstrator Series
  • When: Sept. 5-7, starting at 9 a.m.
  • Where: Desert View is located on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, approximately 45 minutes east of Grand Canyon Village
  • Information about visiting Grand Canyon or the Desert View Cultural Demonstration Series can be found here

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