GRAND CANYON, Ariz. — The National Park Service invites the public to the 22nd annual “Native American Heritage Days” on the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park Thursday and Friday.
This event celebrates the rich cultural diversity of the Colorado Plateau and the Arizona Strip, highlighting Native American tribes with cultural ties to the Grand Canyon.
The event opens with demonstrations of Native American arts and crafts such as silversmithing, pottery, basket weaving, painting, carving, flute making and preparation of traditional foods. The event ends Friday with a special evening program at 8 p.m. on native perspectives and the cultural significance of the Grand Canyon.
“Native American Heritage Days” began in 1993 as “Paiute Days,” which celebrated the Paiute as the last Native American group to live on the North Rim of what would become 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,” tribal and nontribal members will offer special programs, activities and demonstrations 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.
- What: Native American Heritage Days
- When: Aug. 6-7
- Where: North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park
- Contact: Mandi Toy, 928-638-7739
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