Summer Native craft show, dances begin

Weekends offer music and Native American culture

Since 1997, Diné elder James Peshlakai and his family have provided culturally-appropriate and accurate Native presentations just south of the Grand Canyon in Tusayan.

These events began with dances at the Grand Hotel and have grown into a Native American market including dances, music and artisans from throughout the country.

The programs kicked off for Memorial Day weekend last weekend with a hand-drum contest, open mike and frybread contest.

"We're inviting all visitors to the Canyon. Since gas prices are so high and people can't travel, they can hang out here in the cool pines and help Native Americans support their families," Peshlakai said referring to the numerous vendors who rely upon this market as their main source of income.

"This is the beginning of the whole summer of events."If you can't make it this weekend, be sure to keep the following calendar and get to the Canyon to see at least one weekend of spectacular events at the Native American Market in Tusayan.

Summer schedule

June 2-3, Navajo Dancers;

June 9-10, Hopi Dancers;

June 16-17, the Lane Jensen Family Hoop and Powwow Dancers;

June 23-24, Navajo Dancers; June 30-July1, Hopi Dancers;

July 2-4 Navajo Dancers and Village of Tusayan Independence Day Parade;

July 7-8, Navajo Dancers;

July 21-22, Lane Jensen Family;

July 28-29 Navajo Dancers;

Aug. 11-12, Navajo Dancers;

Sept.1, Ceremonial Powwow;

Sept. 2, Hoop Dance Contest;

Sept. 3, Cowboys and Indian Musician Day and Fry Bread Contest.

For more information about the Peshlakai Cultural Foundation or the events visit www.Peshlakai.org.

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