Grand Canyon National Park to Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - On Nov. 16, Grand Canyon National Park will be celebrating National Native American Heritage Month with a day of special presentations and demonstrations.

Each year, November is recognized as National Native American Heritage Month. American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians are a special part of the tapestry of our Nation's history. As keepers of a rich and ancient cultural heritage, Native Americans share with all of us the beauty of their art, power of their songs and grace of their people.

Grand Canyon's Native American Heritage Month celebration will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Shrine of the Ages lcated on the South Rim. Visitors are encouraged to utilize the Village Route (Blue Route)

Shuttle which stops both eastbound and westbound at the Shrine of the Ages. Parking may also be available nearby in parking lot A.

All are invited to participate in this special day of programs and demonstrations as we recognize and celebrate the many accomplishments, contributions, and sacrifices made by First Americans.

Celebration schedule

• 9 a.m. - Presentation of Colors by Cameron Veterans Color Guard Diné Nation

Traditional Havasupai Opening Prayer James Uqualla Havasupai Tribal Member

• 9:30 a.m. - Opening Remarks Barclay Trimble Deputy Superintendent Grand Canyon National Park

• 9:45 a.m. - Traditional Stories of Fred Nanacasia & Phyllis Kachinhongva the Grand Canyon (Hopi) Hopi Tribal Member and Elder

• 10:15 a.m.-Traditional Stories of James Peshlakai the Grand Canyon (Navajo/Diné) Diné Nation Tribal Elder

• 10:45 a.m. - The Navajo Long Walk Ravis Henry Canyon de Chelly NM Diné Nation

• 11:45 a.m. - Traditional Stories of Rex Tilousi the Grand Canyon (Havasupai) Havasupai Tribal Elder

• 12:15 p.m. - Demonstration: Apache Crown Dance Dishchii'bikoh Apache Group Cibecue, Ariz.

• 2 p.m. - Unity in Cultural Diversity Dr. Lula Stago Training Consultant Diné Nation

• 4 p.m. - Traditional Havasupai Closing Prayer James Uqualla Havasupai Tribal Member

• 4:15 p.m. -Retrieving of the Colors Cameron Veterans Color Guard Diné Nation

To learn more about Grand Canyon's Native American Heritage Month celebration, please call the park's Diversity Program Coordinator Mariah Cisse at (928) 638-7375, or Tina Yazzi, Vice-Chair of Grand Canyon's Diversity Council, at (928) 638-7761.


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