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Native American Heritage Days Set for Grand Canyon’s North Rim

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The 18th annual Native American Heritage Days at the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park gets underway Aug. 11-12, 2011 and visitors will find lots of activities to enjoy.

The event, celebrating the rich cultural diversity of the Colorado Plateau, the Arizona Strip and the Grand Canyon, begins with a morning nature walk on Thursday, and ends with a special evening program on Friday.

derrick_suwaima_davis01Event highlights on both days will be a presentation of hoop dancing by noted Native American dancer Derrick Suwaima Davis At 5 p.m., while at 6 p.m. attendees will experience the sounds of the White Wolf drum group.

Throughout Native American Heritage Days, special programs will be offered by tribal members and non-tribal members on a variety of subjects, ranging from ethno-botany to Native American flute playing and dance.

Tribal demonstrations will be offered from noon to 4 p.m. on the grass by the lodge.

Programmed activities will take place in various locations throughout the North Rim developed area. Visitors may inquire at the North and South Rim visitor centers for a complete list of event activities, as well as their times and locations.

Native American Heritage Days began in 1993 as "Paiute Days" which celebrated the Paiute as the last Native American group to occupy the North Rim of what would become Grand Canyon National Park.

In 1997, the event was expanded to include all Native American groups with cultural ties to the Grand Canyon. Today, 11 tribes maintain strong cultural connections to the canyon.

Support for this event is provided by the Grand Canyon Association, Forever Resorts, Flagstaff Area Parks and Pipe Spring National Monument.

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

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