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7/16/2009 11:16:00 AM
Peshlakai keeps his culture alive
James Peshlakai
James Peshlakai

The preservation of the Navajo culture has been a life mission for James Peshlakai. Well-known in the Grand Canyon area, Peshlakai is highly respected and comes from a prestigious Navajo family.

He has worked with other tribes to bring the Grand Canyon Art Show and Dances to Tusayan on weekends. The open air market is located between McDonald's and the Grand Hotel on the east side of State Route 64 and features the work of Native American artisans, along with traditional wares like herbs, Navajo tacos and frybread.

The event is open during daylight hours with dances held throughout the day.

The art show raises money which supports activities the Peshlakai family commits to preserve Native American culture.

Peshlakai comes from a long line of Navajo leaders. His father, uncles and grandfathers were all medicine men and his paternal grandfather was a respected leader of the Western Navajo, twice speaking with President Theodore Roosevelt on behalf of the tribe.

Peshlakai and his family feature a Native American Art Show and Dances on weekends only through Labor Day Weekend between The Grand Hotel and McDonald's on the east side of Highway 64 in Tusayan.

For more information, log on to www. . or call (928) 856-0717.

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