Grand Canyon National Park to celebrate National Native American Heritage Month

Dishchii’bikoh Apache Crown Dancers will perform at Grand Canyon’s Native American Heritage celebration. Photo/NPS<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

Dishchii’bikoh Apache Crown Dancers will perform at Grand Canyon’s Native American Heritage celebration. Photo/NPS<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. -  On Nov. 14, Grand Canyon National Park will be celebrating National Native American Heritage Month with special presentations and demonstrations.

Each year, November is recognized as National Native American Heritage Month. 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, Native Americans share with all of us the beauty of their art, power of their songs and grace of their people.

Grand Canyon's Native American Heritage Month celebration includes a special presentation on a new publication, "American Indians and the Civil War," published by Eastern National, American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association, National Park Service and the Bureau of Indian Education. The 30 minute program will take place at 10 a.m. in the Shrine of the Ages.

The Grand Canyon National Park invites everyone to attend a 7 p.m. program at Shrine of the Ages for an evening filled with cultural dancing and demonstrations. The Guardians of the Canyon Ram Dancers, Dishchii'bikoh Apache Crown Dancers and the Hopi Warriors of Grand Canyon are scheduled to perform. Grand Canyon visitors and residents are invited to participate in this special day as the park recognizes and celebrates the many accomplishments, contributions and sacrifices made by First Americans.

More about Grand Canyon's Native American Heritage Month celebration is available by calling the park's Diversity Program Coordinator Mariah Cisse at (928) 638-7375 or Tina Yazzi, vice-chair of Grand Canyon's diversity council, at (928) 638-7761.

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