GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - On Saturday, Grand Canyon National Park will put on its sixth annual Archaeology Day celebration, commemorating Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month.
Rangers will offer special programs, activities and demonstrations at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center throughout the day, with a special evening program at the Shrine of the Ages.
Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month was created 30 years ago to inform the public about archaeology in the state of Arizona. In Grand Canyon National Park alone, more than 4,300 archaeological sites have been recorded to date, and archaeologists estimate that the park may have as many as 50,000 - 60,000 sites. Some of the artifacts found in the park date back almost 12,000 years, testimony to the vast extent of the human history of the area. That history lives on as the descendents of those ancient peoples continue to use the area today.
Grand Canyon National Park's Archaeology Day is intended to help park visitors learn more about those who lived here long ago and to gain a greater From Page 1B
understanding of the work that archaeologists do and what can be learned from their research. The event will feature opportunities for visitors to try their hands at making clay pinch pots and split-twig figurines; creating rock art using scratch art paper; sifting for artifacts; and planting corn, beans and squash seeds - traditional foods of the park's native peoples. Additionally, cultural demonstrations of Hopi Kachina carving and basket making, as well as Navajo hoop dances and a weaving demonstration are scheduled. All activities are free of charge and family friendly and will take place between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center.
Archaeology Day will conclude with a special evening program by Ellen Brennan, Grand Canyon National Park's Cultural Resource Program Manager entitled, "My Eyes Were Opened: Historical Memory and the Canyon's Traditionally Associated Tribes." This program starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Shrine of Ages Auditorium located on the South Rim near Parking Lot A.
More information on Archaeology Day, including a full schedule of events, is available on the park's website at www.nps.gov/grca/planyourvisit/arch_day.htm, or by calling Supervisory Park Ranger Libby Schaaf at (928) 638-7641.