GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, June 27, 2014 – A troupe of American Indian dancers at Grand Canyon National Park will stage free dance performances outside Hopi House on selected dates through the end of August.
The Navajo troupe – called the Pollen Trail Dancers – perform authentic dances traditionally featured at powwows. Dances include story-telling performances such as the Bow & Arrow Dance which tells the story of Navajo hunting days and the Basket Dance which demonstrates the importance of baskets and basket-weaving in Navajo life. They also perform fast-paced, crowd-pleasing Hoop Dances.
Concessioner Xanterra South Rim is sponsoring the dances. Xanterra operates the six lodges at the South Rim of the park, Phantom Ranch on the floor of the Canyon, mule tours, motorcoach tours, restaurants and gift shops such as Hopi House.
“We are delighted to welcome the Pollen Trail Dancers to the Grand Canyon once again, and we are pleased that visitors to the Grand Canyon will have an opportunity to experience the beautiful spectacle of authentic American Indian dance,” said Bruce Brossman, regional director of sales & marketing for Xanterra South Rim.
The Hopi House is a fitting backdrop for the performances, said Brossman. The historic gift shop resembles Hopi dwellings from the American Southwest and sells authentic American Indian jewelry and artwork. Designed by famed Fred Harvey Company architect Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter and opened in 1905, Hopi House is one of many historic structures in Grand Canyon Village that showcase the park’s rich cultural heritage.
On performance days, dancers will begin at 1 and 2:15 p.m., and each show will last approximately 45 minutes. The schedule is posted in all lodges and restaurants as well as at the Hopi House. Travelers can also find the schedule online.
Xanterra South Rim operates six lodges as well as tours, restaurants and gift shops at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park; Phantom Ranch on the floor of the Canyon; The Grand Hotel in the park’s gateway community of Tusayan and Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Ariz.
Visitors can book Grand Canyon in-park rooms online or by calling 1-303-29PARKS (1-303-297-2757), or 1-888-29PARKS (888-297-2757). Rooms at The Grand Hotel can be booked by calling 1-888-63GRAND (1-888-634-7263). The Grand Canyon Railway can be reached at 1-800-THE-TRAIN (1-800-843-8724). More information about the park is available at www.nps.gov/grca.
Xanterra Parks & Resorts is a diversified global travel and hospitality company. Known for its “Legendary Hospitality with a Softer Footprint,” Xanterra Parks & Resorts® entities include lodges, restaurants, tours and activities in national and state parks and resorts as well as a cruise line, railway and tour operator. Xanterra Parks & Resorts has operations in the Grand Canyon, including Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Ariz., and The Grand Hotel in Tusayan, Ariz.; Yellowstone; Zion; Crater Lake; Glacier, Rocky Mountain and Petrified Forest National Parks; Mount Rushmore National Memorial; Furnace Creek Resort in Death Valley National Park and five Ohio State Park Lodges as well as the Geneva Marina at Ohio’s Geneva State Park. Xanterra Parks & Resorts also operates Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg, Va., Windstar Cruises, VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations and Austin Adventures.
Xanterra Parks & Resorts
6312 S. Fiddlers Green Circle
Suite 600 North
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Mesereau Public Relations