Celebrate National Native American Heritage Month

NPS Photo by Erin Whittaker

We say, play hookey this Wednesday and drive up to the Grand Canyon for what’s sure to be a very special and unique event…

In honor of National Native American Heritage Month, Grand Canyon National Park will be celebrating with a day of presentations and demonstrations intended to honor Native Americans… American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians are a special part of the tapestry of our Nation’s history, and as keepers of a rich and ancient cultural heritage, they share 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 9:00am to 4:30pm at the Shrine of the Ages located on the South Rim.

Events include:

  • Presentation of Colors by the Cameron Color Guard
  • Opening Prayer by Havasupai Tribal Member, James Uqualla
  • Special presentations from Tribal Elders from the Navajo, Hopi, & Havasupai Tribes regarding the significance of the Grand Canyon in their respective cultures
  • Special presentation on the Navajo Long Walk by Interpretive Park Ranger (CACH), Ravis Henry
  • Traditional dance by the Dischii’bikoh Apache Crown Dancers
  • Special presentation, “Unity in Cultural Diversity,” by Dr. Lula Stago (Navajo)


For more information about Wednesday’s event, 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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