Native American Heritage Days celebrating cultural diversity at Grand Canyon

Photo of Grand Canyon National Park with Native American in the foreground, Grand Canyon, Arizona | Image by Brett Barrett, St. George News, Grand Canyon photo courtesy of the National Park Service, St. George News

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.

Event details

  • What: Native American Heritage Days
  • When: Aug. 6-7
  • Where: North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park
  • Contact: Mandi Toy, 928-638-7739
  • Lodging: Forever Resorts: website | telephone 877-386-4383 or 480-998-1981 | North Rim campground: website | telephone 877-444-6777

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  • 42214 August 2, 2015 at 6:28 pm

    So Native Americans (Indians) cherish mother earth and sacred lands and spirits etc etc. Then the Hualapai tribe build the observation deck on “sacred” land over the Grand Canyon. They justify the controversial hypocrisy by saying the tribe is poor and needs the money. Just proves the point, everything has a price and is for sale.

    • fun bag August 2, 2015 at 8:47 pm

      awfully cynical there 422

      • 42214 August 2, 2015 at 10:28 pm

        I’m just waiting for Native Born aka Woe is Me to tell me what racist I am and that Geronimo was his first cousin.

      • Guess who August 2, 2015 at 11:02 pm

        Hey FUN BAG isn’t it funny how that scumbag 422 makes a derogatory comment against a certain group of people and then calls you a bigot when you do it…

  • Guess who August 2, 2015 at 10:49 pm

    What a hate filled comment to make towards a specific group of people

  • Free Parking August 2, 2015 at 10:55 pm

    Yes I agree. It’s very disgusting that people come here and troll and make rude and hate filled comments towards others like MESAMAN and Real Life do. They should be ashamed of themselves

    • Real Life August 3, 2015 at 4:13 pm

      You agree with yourself? Okay who’s parking mommy. LOL! What a dope.

  • Car4sale August 2, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    I heard he calls himself 42214 because he can’t count to 5

  • mmsandie August 3, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Looking forward to going to the festival, but the number for mandi, said she is out of her office this week, so no info there, also called next number for reservations they were in Phoenix and knew nothing about it, then called a number they gave me for the north rim, and no one answers that number. And the last number no one answered.. How do you get info????

    • fun bag August 3, 2015 at 11:28 am

      LOL, first thing you do is put that meth pipe down, Sandie… 😉

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