Desert View Watchtower to host last cultural demonstration of 2015

Navajo weaver Gerard Begay to demonstrate his work at Desert View Watchtower Sept. 5 - 7

Visitors enjoy new renovations and cultural demonstrations at the Desert View Watchtower in April. Photo/Maci MacPherson, NPS

Visitors enjoy new renovations and cultural demonstrations at the Desert View Watchtower in April. Photo/Maci MacPherson, NPS

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. -Grand Canyon National Park's second annual Desert View Cultural Demonstrator series will come to an end Labor Day weekend, Sept. 5-7.

This series has provided visitors the opportunity to interact with members of Grand Canyon National Park's 11 traditionally associated Native American tribes. It has provided artisans the opportunity to share their history and traditional crafts.

Navajo weaver Gerard Begay will demonstrate his work at the Desert View Watchtower Sept. 5 and Sept. 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sept. 7 from 9 a.m. to noon.

Originally from Indian Wells, Begay learned how to weave from his grandmothers and began weaving in 2013. Since then, he has participated in various events, including the Heard Museum Weavers Market and the Santa Fe Indian Market.

The Labor Day weekend demonstration is the last of eight in the 2015 series.

The Cultural Demonstrator Series and other programs, exhibits and opportunities will continue next year and in the future with the help of the park's 11 traditionally associated tribes, Grand Canyon National Park's Inter-tribal Advisory Council and a grant from the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association.

More information about the future of Desert View is available at nps.gov.

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

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