‘Grand Canyon Speaks’ 7 Native American Podcasts You’ll Love

If you are looking for indigenous voices in Native American podcasts, you’ve landed in the right place. Whether you’re on a road trip through Indian Lands on the way to Grand Canyon National Park or simply want to learn more about Native culture, these seven episodes could be just what you’re looking for! So put on your earbuds and come along!

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The Grand Canyon as a Sacred Space | Native American Podcasts

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Lava Falls from afar View Looking west (downstream) from the Toroweap outlook in the Grand Canyon, Arizona, You can see Lava Falls | Photo by John Fowler via Flickr

Chances are that you are familiar with the Grand Canyon as a national park. Some might know it as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World or a World Heritage Site. But do you know that the Grand Canyon is a sacred space for eleven indigenous people groups?

You can learn about the Grand Canyon as a sacred place by listening to a new series of Native American podcasts, “Grand Canyon Speaks.” The series focuses on Indigenous perspectives and the people who have called the Grand Canyon home for a time that extends back ages.

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Native American Podcasts Born of NPS Interpretive Programs

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Park rangers with participants of "Grand Canyon Speaks" program | NPS photo

Conversations for the Native American podcasts developed out of an interpretive program also called “Grand Canyon Speaks.” That summer program featured live in-person conversations between Grand Canyon National Park rangers and tribal members.

The live conversations were recorded and produced for the Native American podcasts released for Native American Heritage Month. Of the many episodes recorded, seven were selected based on audio quality.

All seven newly released episodes were recorded live, usually in front of a live audience.

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11 Tribes Traditionally Associated With Grand Canyon

family of 7 in Dine' jewelry and moccasins stand in front of the grand CAnyon An Indigenous family spanning three generations, stands with an Indigenous park ranger. All are wearing items in red in remembrance of Red Shawl Day
An Indigenous family spanning three generations, stands with an Indigenous park ranger | NPS photo

The eleven federally recognized tribes, which are traditionally associated with what is now Grand Canyon National Park, are:

  1. Havasupai Tribe – AZ
  2. Hopi Tribe – AZ
  3. Hualapai Tribe – AZ
  4. Kaibab Band of Paiute Indians – AZ
  5. Las Vegas Paiute Tribe – NV
  6. Moapa Band of Paiute Indians – NV
  7. Navajo Nation – AZ
  8. Paiute Indian Tribe of Utah – UT
  9. San Juan Southern Paiute Tribe – AZ
  10. The Pueblo of Zuni – NM
  11. Yavapai-Apache Nation – AZ

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Native American Podcasts Funded by Grand Canyon Conservancy

The Grand Canyon Speaks Podcast and in-person programming would not be possible without funding provided by the Grand Canyon Conservancy. The voices heard on this podcast are participants from the Cultural Demonstration Program, funded entirely by the Conservancy. Grand Canyon Conservancy’s revenue comes from visitor purchases and donations.

Access 'Grand Canyon Speaks' Podcast Episodes

Currently, there are seven podcasts of live interviews with members of tribes associated with the Grand Canyon.

‘Grand Canyon Speaks’ Episodes

Grand Canyon Speaks Trailer

  1. Gerald Dawavendewa Speaks
  2. Noreen Simplicio Speaks
  3. Janet Yazzie Speaks
  4. The Zuni Youth Enrichment Program Speaks (part 1)
  5. The Zuni Youth Enrichment Program Speaks (part 2)
  6. Aaron White Speaks
  7. Gregory Hill Speaks

You can find all seven episodes of Grand Canyon Speaks online at Apple Podcasts.

wide angle view of valley of red with meandering red-brown river at bottom from high Grand Canyon viewpoints
Unkar Canyon is among the largest side canyons in Grand Canyon National Park and the delta where the creek opens into the Colorado River was once a home to a large community of native North Americans.

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