Saturday, August 13, 2011

Heritage Days

This week has been dedicated to learning about Native American culture and heritage. On Tuesday Sherri and I along with two other couples drove 47 miles to Jacob Lake. The owner John Rich is a descendant of the family that founded the small rest stop back in the 1920's. It is the last place which is open through the winter in the Kaibab Forest prior to reaching the National Park. Jacob Lake has a beautiful gift shop full of Native American rugs, jewlery, and pottery. Three nights a week John gives a presentation on Navajo culture/history and how it relates to their rugs. We had a good dinner in the restaurant and the talk lasted over two hours. It was a fascinating presentation and we did not get home until after 10:30pm, late for us early risers.
Thursday and Friday were Native American Heritage Days at the North Rim. There were dancers, drummers and artists; many of which we carry in the gift shop. The pictures below are of the Hopi Dancer's, the gentleman is a world champion hoop dancer.

The drummers are a couple of young men from Taos Pueblo. They were passionate and entertaining.
Tonight is Symphony on the Veranda, which is where the drummers and dancers were. I will leave you with a picture from the veranda as the drummers were finishing their set. There is a benefical fire about 10 miles south of the South Rim.

1 comment:

  1. How wonderful that you are working in one of the most beautiful places on earth!! Then you have the opportunity to learn about the area and its heritage!!!

    I know you do have to work, but what a wonderful experience you will remember for a long time:o))