Grand Canyon National Park Celebrates Native American-Alaska Native Heritage Month

In observance of Native American/Alaska Native Heritage Month, Grand Canyon National Park is sponsoring a series of special events on Tuesday, November 11 and Wednesday, November 12. All are invited to participate in these presentations and demonstrations as we recognize and celebrate the many accomplishments, contributions, and sacrifices made by First Americans.

November is recognized as National American Indian Heritage Month, by virtue of a Presidential Proclamation. 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, American Indians share with all of us the beauty of their art, power of song and grace of their people.

Contact: Mariah Cissé, 928-638-7375

The schedule of events is as follows:

November 11, 2014

Evening Program

7:30 p.m.Special Presentation: Native American Flute
Milton Tso, Diné Nation
Shrine of the Ages Auditorium

7:45 p.m.Demonstration: Apache Crown Dance
Dishchii'bikoh Apache Group, Cibecue, AZ
Shrine of the Ages Auditorium

November 12, 2014

10:00 a.m.Special Presentation: Apache Crown Dance
Dishchii'bikoh Apache Group, CIbecue, AZ
Grand Canyon Visitor Center

12:30 p.m.Special Presentation: An Outlook of the Dine People
Deon Ben, Dine Nation
Shrine of the Ages Multi-Purpose Room

3:00 p.m.Special Presentation: Remembering Hweeldi: Experiences and Reflections from Retracing the Navajo Long Walk
Bryon Shorty, Dine Nation

Evening Program (Special Event) - Shrine of the Ages Auditorium

7:30 p.m.Presentation of Colors &Invocation
Grand Canyon Veterans

7:35 p.m.Demonstration:Hopi Koyalas (clowns)Hopi Koyalas
Hopi Tribe

8:00 p.m. Special Presentation: Native Comedians

"James &Ernie"James Junes and Ernest Tsosie III, Diné Nation
8:45 p.m.Retrieving of the ColorsGrand Canyon Veterans

Event MC Brian Drapeaux, Yankton Sioux
Deputy Superintendent, Grand Canyon National Park

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