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Grand Canyon Conservancy
Artist in Residence

A View of Hopi Astronomy

Artist in Residence Gerald Dawavendewa will share how the Hopi interpret the sky, both night and day, for agricultural, ceremonial, and ritual purposes. Presentation followed by Q&A, open to all ages.

  • August 24, 2024
  • This event will be offered on both August 24 and August 31 from 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.

  • McKee Amphitheater
NPS Photo stars in sky at night in Grand Canyon National Park
Duane Headshot

Gerald Dawavendewa

Gerald Dawavendewa (Grand Canyon Conservancy Artist in Residence August 1 – September 14, 2024) grew up in the Hopi village of Munqapi and the Cherokee woods of Oklahoma. His interest in art led to a Bachelor's in Fine Art from the University of Arizona (U of A). Gerald has worked as an exhibit specialist with the Arizona State Museum and interned with the National Museum of American Indian, Smithsonian Institute. His internship led to a children's book, "The Butterfly Dance," in which Gerald is Author and Illustrator. Work includes a mural that is part of the permanent collection of the Arizona State Museum. In 1994, his artwork depicting the cosmos was sent aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour (STS-59). For the U of A's new Student Union, Gerald created panels containing native imagery forming the main staircase. Other work includes a six-foot-tall sculpture depicting a parrot that illuminates from within. Recent work is a book entitled: "Codex Taawa: Exploring the Cosmos of the Hopi."