River Trip 11: Grand Canyon - Native American Perspectives

Uploaded by GrandCanyonNPS on 03.04.2010

For the Hualapai people, we
you know, just would want
everybody to know - that experience the Grand Canyon
coming down on the river
that - you know we -
have a presence here in the Grand Canyon.
The river itself
is considerd sacred for
most Hualapai people.
a healing water for them.
so in that sense the river is very sacred.
The springs that are located
in and around Grand Canyon
they are very sacred waters as well.
the ancestrial homelands
in the Grand Canyon itself -
that you see as archeological manifestations are also
very important for the Hualapai people
and they would like to see those places preserved and protected,
and, you know, just to be respectful when you go hiking.
If you happen to go hiking that you do know
do it with the realization that that's what you're doing.
and I think that that recognition and that respectfullnss for the
Hualapai people will be greatly appreciated.
our church is usually the earth
the land
the wind,
the vegetation,
the environment.
This we believe including
the wildlife
the birds that fly
the fish that swim, crawl
is the face of the creator all this is the face of the creator
right before us.
because creator lives in everything.
so in that way
the whole grand canyon
is very significant
for my people
and the ways of
gathering herbs
to sustenance
to respect for the elders. the past.
that's very significant to my people.

but to you boaters that are enjoying the scenery
in the grandeur
of this mother earth
you've got to understand that this
being that we're on that
that has sustained as
and our ancestors for all these thousands of years
must be respected
as an individual.
We must treat it as if it were our own
flesh and blood mother
with a lot of respect
and as if it was our child
treat it with a lot of love
nuture it
respect it
the place that
the public refers to as the Grand Canyon
perhaps among the most
places for all of
the Hopi people
simply because
emergence stories
refer to the canyon.
and also in our belief system it is also our final spiritual home.
which our spirits go to when we
pass on in this life.
well, part of what we hope
can contribute
to the experience of many people who go down into the canyon
is to
recognize the reverence that many tribes hold for the grand canyon and that includes the old people
and the fact that the Hopi's consider this a very, very, special place
should be recognized by the visitor because of its significants to
a living culture
and this living culture still holds in reverence
this place we call ________
or what we call the Salt Canyon in the Hopi Language.
so as visitors go down
and experience the
you will find
evidence that
Hopi people indeed
lived here.
In terms of the archaeological evidence
in terms of some of the petroglyphs, pictographs that Hopi people left down there.
So, the presence of the Hopi, will never end, as far as I'm concerned.
I think probably...
one thing I would also like to encourage all people
to acknowledge is really the management
responsibilities of the National Park Service
and their work with the Hopi Tribe
in trying to protect the importance of the canyon.
for others to enjoy, so I encourage
all visitors to
carefully acknowledge that the Park Service has a
pretty serious responsibility on behaf of
all of us, Hopi people and others.
The Grand Canyon is very special to all of us. To all people.
Hopi and others who go into the canyon.
and as the traveler
precededs into this journey
I hope that we can all appreciate
this wonder that someone created for us
to enjoy,
to hold special
and also to revere the canyon for what it is. It is a testament to the
the awesome place we call earth.