Native American Heritage Days returns for 21st year, Grand Canyon

GRAND CANYON, Arizona — The National Park Service invites the public to the 21st annual Native American Heritage Days at the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. This event, which celebrates the rich cultural diversity of the Colorado Plateau, the Arizona Strip and the Grand Canyon, will begin with a morning nature walk on Thursday and will end with a special evening program on Friday.

Dishchii'bikoh Apache Crown Dancers will be performing at Grand Canyon's Native American Heritage celebration in 2013| Photo courtesy of National Parks Services
Dishchii’bikoh Apache Crown Dancers will be performing at Grand Canyon’s Native American Heritage celebration in 2013| Photo courtesy of National Parks Services

Native American Heritage Days began in 1993 as “Paiute Days,” celebrating the Paiute as the last Native American group to occupy the north rim of what became Grand Canyon National Park. In 1997, the event was expanded to include all Native American groups with cultural ties to the Grand Canyon. Today, 11 tribes maintain strong cultural connections to the canyon.

Throughout Native American Heritage Days, special programs, activities and demonstrations will be offered by tribal members and non-tribal members on a variety of subjects, ranging from ethno-botany to Native American flute playing and dance.

Visitors may inquire at the North and South Rim visitor centers for a complete list of event activities, as well as their times and locations. Support for this event is provided by the Grand Canyon Association, Forever Resorts, Flagstaff Area Parks and Pipe Spring National Monument.

Event details and resources

  • When | Aug. 7-8
  • Where | North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park
  • Contact |Robin Tellis | 928-638-7739

For advance overnight lodging reservations on the North Rim, contact Forever Resorts, at their toll free number 877-386-4383 or at 480-998-1981 or visit their website . Advance reservations for the North Rim Campground can be made up to five months in advance online or by calling 877-444-6777.

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