Native American cultural demonstrations kick off season at Desert View Watchtower

Second annual cultural demonstrations kick off with the Pueblo of Zuni, Tony and Ola Eriacho diplay original Native made art

Tony Eriacho displays and sells traiditional pieces of jewelry. Photo/Maci MacPherson, NPS

Tony Eriacho displays and sells traiditional pieces of jewelry. Photo/Maci MacPherson, NPS

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - On April 4 the Grand Canyon National Park hosted its second annual Desert View cultural demonstration series.

The first demonstrators, Tony and Ola Eriacho, visited the Watchtower on April 4 and 5. From the Pueblo of Zuni, the Eriachos are jewelers and strong advocates of Native-made art and "mostly use the traditional materials the Zuni are known for - shell, turquoise, coral and jet."

In its second year, the cultural demonstrations are intended to help park visitors learn more about the history and diverse cultures of the region.

The series provides park visitors the opportunity to interact with members of Grand Canyon National Park's 11 traditionally associated tribes and for the artisans to share their history and traditional crafts.

The demonstrations will take place regularly during the spring and summer at the Desert View Watchtower and will include jewelers, silversmiths, weavers, potters and others as they share their culture, crafts and stories.

The next cultural demonstrations will takes place at the Watchtower on May 9 and 10 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will feature Navajo silversmith Henry Nez. Nez will demonstrate techniques and designs he uses to make wearable items like earrings and bracelets. Other demonstrations are scheduled for June 6-7, 13-14, 17-18; July 25-26; August 1-2 and Sept. 5-6.

More information about the Desert View cultural demonstration series is available from Maci MacPherson at (928) 638-7968 or www.nps.gov/grca.

Desert View is located on the South Rim of the park and is approximately 45 minutes east of Grand Canyon Village.

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