Cultural demonstrations at Watchtower highlight Hopi and Navajo artists Oct. 3 - 4

Hopi Glass Artist, Ramson Lomatewama at Desert View Watchtower Cultural Demonstration at Grand Canyon National Park Oct. 4. Michael Quinn/NPS

Hopi Glass Artist, Ramson Lomatewama at Desert View Watchtower Cultural Demonstration at Grand Canyon National Park Oct. 4. Michael Quinn/NPS

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Hopi glass blower and Kachina doll carver Ramson Lomatewama participated in a cultural demonstration series at Desert View Watchtower at Grand Canyon National Park Oct. 4.

Navajo Silversmith, Henry Nez, also demonstrated his trade Oct. 3.

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

Jewelers, silversmiths, weavers, potters, sculptors, and more are scheduled every weekend this autumn. Hopi silversmith and ethnobotanist Jonah Hill along with Hopi toy maker Greg Hill, will host a cultural demonstration Oct. 10 - 11.

The demonstrations are free and open to the public. They are made possible with grants from Grand Canyon Association and ArtPlace America.

Visitors to Desert View through Oct. 8 may not be able to ascend to the top of the Watchtower, as conservators work to prevent further damage to historic murals painted on the walls.

Desert View is the eastern entrance into GCNP. It is located at the South Rim approximately 45 minutes east of Grand Canyon Village.

More information on the cultural demonstrator series is available from GCNP Ranger Sylvia Tran at (928) 638-7968.

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