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Watchtower Inside

 

To celebrate the opening of the Watchtower, the Fred Harvey Company planned a dedication that included a traditional Hopi kiva blessing ceremony, Native American singing and dancing, and speeches. After the ceremony, guests were fed a traditional Hopi meal as women demonstrated how to grind cornmeal on metates and cook traditional piki bread. Eleanor Oesdean, who was born at the Grand Canyon and lived there for much of her childhood, remembered that she and other Euro-Americans dressed up in Native American-style clothing and jewelry for the occasion.

 

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Twelve Native American employees of Fred Harvey Company pose in the Hopi Room, circa 1932.
Photo: Santa Fe Railroad, GRCA #8504

 

Watchtower Inside

 

To celebrate the opening of the Watchtower, the Fred Harvey Company planned a dedication that included a traditional Hopi kiva blessing ceremony, Native American singing and dancing, and speeches. After the ceremony, guests were fed a traditional Hopi meal as women demonstrated how to grind cornmeal on metates and cook traditional piki bread. Eleanor Oesdean, who was born at the Grand Canyon and lived there for much of her childhood, remembered that she and other Euro-Americans dressed up in Native American-style clothing and jewelry for the occasion.

 

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Twelve Native American employees of Fred Harvey Company pose in the Hopi Room, circa 1932.
Photo: Santa Fe Railroad, GRCA #8504

 

comments (27)

  • Robbyne
  • United States
  • 19 Mar 2014, 01:56
What a great perspective, love how you photographed it from above
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Robbyne! I liked this view from the second story!
this is another wonderful capture of the Hope art on the wall of the Watchtower Elizabeth...
i like the attachments of the 1932 photos just as much....petersmile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you kindly sir! Those old pics are great, aren't they? And they show how well preserved the artwork is!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 19 Mar 2014, 02:55
Full of wonderful things...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Lots... including a very fine gift shot selling Navajo and Hopi jewelry!
i like the light from the various sources. even the bit on the top has enough illumination to view all the art. great work Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: The light was really lovely that day, Ayush! Thanks so much!
  • Ginnie
  • Netherlands
  • 19 Mar 2014, 06:28
The more I hear and see of this watchtower, Elizabeth, the more I really want to visit it one day. I am a huge fan of anything and everything Native American! I really like this POV, looking down....
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It's such a wonderful place, Ginnie! I love a lot of the Native American art, as you know! smile Thanks Ginnie!
  • Chris
  • Bathampton
  • 19 Mar 2014, 06:32
This is wonderful obscure stuff Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: The symbolism is pretty cool, I think!
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 19 Mar 2014, 06:35
It would be so interesting to understand what all the paintings mean
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: This is one of the best sites I've found so far for Native American symbolism - takes a while to wade through, but it's pretty comprehensive. In this photo, without looking anything up, I'm seeing many of the animals they would use as food sources (they honor and thank the animals that feed them), I see a corn Katchina, thunderclouds with a rainbow...
http://www.warpaths2peacepipes.com/native-american-symbols/arrow-symbol.htm
  • vintage
  • Australia
  • 19 Mar 2014, 07:36
This is like the other very interesting
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you! Glad you think so!
This building really is a treasure
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It is - full of treasures, yes!
  • Gutteridge
  • Where latitude and aittitude meet
  • 19 Mar 2014, 08:47
The tones are very warming Elizabeth but I'm not sure of the climate there and the need to be warmed.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile They are! It's high desert, about 7,000 feet- so not quite at cold as Flagstaff, but every bit as dry as the rest of Arizona!
I like the view from this spot.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Mary! I do too!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 19 Mar 2014, 09:15
Very interesting stuff. One could study those images on the walls for a long time.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I thought you might appreciate these Louis - given your interest in your own natives! Thank you!
Brilliant capture, Elizabeth. A fascinating subject thank you for showing us.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Pauline! I'm glad you like it! smile
great pov
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Chantal!
A great POV smile Good to see the contrast with the old B&W, Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Martin!
So interesting to hear of these traditions and the people keeping them alive.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I agree, Martin! Thank you!
Another good one,Ms Buckalew. smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Why thank you Mr Croston!
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Mar 2014, 11:14
Excellent viewpoint, and I love the way the chair just unbalances the symmetry.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Mike! I wasn't tempted at all to remove that chair - I thought it fit well!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 19 Mar 2014, 12:46
How did you manage to get this free of people? (I keep thinking now of Jimi Hendrix's "All along the Watchtower").
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: There were a few wandering about - I'm honestly not sure how I got these without them all! Patience I guess!
wow Elizabeth... It gets better by the day... nicely captured
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much Ronky!
This is so interesting, I know almost nothing about the native Americans.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: They are a fascinating people!
Another great capture Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks very much Richard!
I wonder if it has needed restoring since the 1930s?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Not to my knowledge, John. The arid desert air is a great preserver. You're not the first to ask so I'll inquire the next time I go!
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Mar 2014, 19:45
Lovely perspective and light.

The opening must have been quite something to experience.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Anne! I'd like to have been there!
Must have been a great occasion!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I should think so!
un autre jolie point de vue smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you Magali!
Nice POV
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks Hollie!!

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