Twenty-second Annual Native American Heritage Days Begins August 6, 2015 on the North Rim of Grand Canyon
August 1, 2015
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, August 6 and 7, 2015.
This event celebrates the rich cultural diversity of the Colorado Plateau and the Arizona Strip, highlighting Native American tribes with cultural ties to Grand Canyon. The event opens on Thursday, August 6 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, August 7 with a special evening program at 8 pm on native perspectives and the cultural significance of 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 Grand Canyon. Today, eleven tribes maintain strong cultural connections to the canyon.
Throughout Native American Heritage Days, tribal members and non-tribal 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. For additional information on Native American Heritage Days, please contact District Interpretive Ranger, Mandi Toy, at 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 at http://www.foreverresorts.com. Advance reservations for the North Rim Campground can be made up to five months in advance on line at http://www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777.