Havasupai exhibit currently on display at MNA

Waluthma (Supai Charley), photo by Edward S. Curtis, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Waluthma (Supai Charley), photo by Edward S. Curtis, courtesy of the Library of Congress.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Museum of Northern Arizona is currently exhibiting "I Am the Grand Canyon: The Story of the Havasupai People." This exhibit is owned by the Havasupai Tribe and was developed by the Grand Canyon Association, with the guidance and blessings of the Havasupai people.

The exhibit is a first-time photographic look at the Havasupai people of the Grand Canyon-their origins, history, art, and culture-from the 2006 book of the same name by author Stephen Hirst and principal photographer Lois Hirst. Their book and the exhibit are the outcome of their 40 year relationship with the Havasupai people and the 11 years they lived in their midst as educators.

Historic and contemporary photos of the Havasupai people and homeland, some never before shown, accompany examples of Havasupai music and language, one of the oldest and most actively used indigenous languages of North America.

MNA Director Robert Breunig stated, "The Havasupai people call themselves Havsuw 'Baaja or people of the blue green water. Their land is known worldwide for the beauty of Havasu Canyon and the dramatic blue green waterfalls of Havasu Creek. But, the world may not know as much about the Havasupai people's efforts to preserve their land, and their determination to preserve their ancient cultural heritage and language. I am very excited that this exhibit and the Hirsts' book give the Havasupai people a new way to share this information."

Books are available for purchase from the Museum's Bookstore and all author royalties have been assigned to the Havasupai Tribe.

The Museum of Northern Arizona sits at the base of the San Francisco Peaks. It is located three miles north of historic downtown Flagstaff on Highway 180 and is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. More information is available at (928) 774-5213 or online at www.musnaz.org.

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