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Cultural demonstrations to continue at Desert View Watchtower

Desert View Cultural Demonstrations will go through Oct. 25. Photo/NPS

Desert View Cultural Demonstrations will go through Oct. 25. Photo/NPS

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - The Desert View Watchtower will again host a cultural demonstrator series through Oct. 25.

The 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.

Hopi sculptor Evelyn Fredericks started off the series Sept. 26 -27 at the Desert View Watchtower.

Jewelers, silversmiths, weavers, potters, sculptors, and more are scheduled every weekend this autumn.

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.

The ArtPlace America grant is also helping with this step to preserve the paintings and the stories they tell.

The grant will further arts and culture at GCNP by transforming Desert View into a place to celebrate, share and learn about inter-tribal cultural heritage.

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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