Hoop dancer Derrick Suwaima Davis

Native American Heritage Days on Grand Canyon’s North Rim

ICTMN Staff
8/11/11

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon will be the majestic venue for the 18th Annual Native American Heritage Days, which takes place on August 11 and 12.  OldWestNews.com reports that the event celebrating the cultural diversity of the Colorado Plateau, Arizona Strip and Grand Canyon will begin with a nature walk on Thursday.

The video above shows world class hoop dancer Derrick Suwaima Davis, Hopi/Choctaw, who will be at the event on both days, performing his incredible dance at 5 p.m., followed by the sounds of the White Wolf drum group at 6.

According to the National Park Service's website, the Native American Heritage Days began as the Paiute Days in 1993, celebrating the Paiute as the last American Indian tribe to occupy the North Rim ofo what would later become the Grand Canyon National Park.  Then in 1997 the current title was adopted to include all the tribes with cultural ties to the Grand Canyon, with eleven tribes maintaining cultural connections to the canyon today.

There will be various activities throughout the North Rim developed area, with special programs offered by tribal members on subjects ranging from ethno-botany to flute playing and dance .

For additional information on Native American Heritage Days, please contact District Interpretive Ranger, Robin Tellis, 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 www.foreverresorts.com.

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