Native American Heritage celebration highlights

Hopi dancers. Peter Zwagerman/Photo

Hopi dancers. Peter Zwagerman/Photo

On Nov. 14, Grand Canyon National Park celebrated National Native American Heritage Month with a variety of demonstrations and activities.

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 included 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.

Miss Teen Navajo Krishel Augustine, Miss Havasupai Kalli Martin, the Guardians of the Canyon Ram Dancers, Dishchii'bikoh Apache Crown Dancers and the Hopi Warriors of Grand Canyon performed at the Grand Canyon School and the Shrine of the Ages.

Gallery photos by Mike Quinn and Dana Belcher/NPS, Clara Beard/WGCN and Peter Zwagerman

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