Native American Art: Grandfather Earth

Native American Art Grandfather EarthNovember is Native American Heritage Month in the United States.  A well known aspect of Native Americans’ heritage is the Grand Canyon. According to artist David Behrens, the “Grand Canyon has only been a tourist destination for the past century, but for ancient canyon dwellers it has been their sacred homeland for thousands of years.”

Two of these ancient dwellers are the Havasupai and Hualapai peopleThese two groups have lived in or near the Grand Canyon for at least 800 years. Before them, the Ancestral Puebloans lived there. These ancient Puebloans are thusly named because their homes are not in the form of tipis or longhouses, but in the form of apartments built on top of each other.  An example of an ancient pueblo town is found at Mesa Verde National Park. Both groups of Native Americans relied on agriculture [especially raising maize or corn], hunting and gathering for food. Recently though, the Havasupai have added tourism as a major form of income for the tribe.

As you and your loved ones assemble this jigsaw puzzle entitled Grandfather Earth, it can help begin discussions about Native American history, the 100 year anniversary of the National Park Service and outdoor activities such as: hiking, back packing and camping. You can find this jigsaw puzzle and other Native American jigsaw puzzles at A+ Puzzles, Etc.

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