Grand Canyon National Park Lodges Hosting American Indian Dancers and Native American Flute Music Performances Throughout August
GRAND CANYON NATIONAL PARK, July 31, 2015 – Grand Canyon National Park’s troupe of American Indian dancers, musicians and storytellers are back this summer and are staging free 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. There will also be storytelling, chants and flute performances.
Concessioner Grand Canyon National Park Lodges, sponsor of the performances, operates five lodges at the South Rim of the park as well as Phantom Ranch on the floor of the Canyon, mule tours, motorcoach tours, restaurants and gift shops such as Hopi House.
“The Pollen Trail Dancers at the Grand Canyon are always a big hit, and we are pleased to host them again this year as they perform their authentic American Indian dance,” said Bruce Brossman, regional director of sales & marketing for Grand Canyon National Park Lodges.
The dancers will perform August 5-9, 12-16, 19-23 and 26-30. On performance days, dancers will begin at 1 and 2:15 p.m., and each show will last approximately 45 minutes. Sunset flute performances beginning at 6 p.m. will be staged August 6-8, 13-15, 20-22 and 27-29. The schedule is posted in all lodges and restaurants as well as at the Hopi House. Travelers can also find the schedule online.
The Hopi House is a fitting backdrop for the performances, said Brossman. Native American performances outside the Hopi House began when the historic gift shop was built in 1905. The Fred Harvey Company, now called Xanterra Parks & Resorts, built a platform outside the Hopi House the early 1930s to accommodate Hopi performances of songs and ceremonial dances every evening and promoted the event – as did the Santa Fe Railway and National Park Service – in advertising. The event became almost as much of a tourist attraction as the Canyon itself. The nightly dances came to an end in the early 1970s, and were re-introduced by Xanterra in the 1990s.
The Hopi House 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.
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). In addition, rooms at The Grand Hotel in nearby Tusayan, Ariz. can be booked by calling 1-888-63GRAND (1-888-634-7263). Grand Canyon Railway in Williams, Ariz. Operates trains service to the park, a hotel and RV park and can be reached at 1-800-THE-TRAIN (1-800-843-8724). More information about the park is available at www.nps.gov/grca.