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Grand Canyon Conservancy
Artist in Residence

Ntupqa and the Hopi

Grand Canyon is a sacred place. Artist in Residence Gerald Dawavendewa will share the Hopi people's connection to the canyon in religious, ceremonial, and ancient villages. Presentation followed by Q&A, open to all ages.

  • August 10, 2024
  • This event will be offered on both August 10 and August 17 from 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.

  • McKee Amphitheater
Scenic Canyon view of Sunset
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."