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