Students Spend Spring Break Learning Native Culture

Seven students from the Penn State Wilkes-Barre Chapter of Penn State University's Schreyer Honors College recently spent their Spring Break studying the indigenous people of the West Rim of the Grand Canyon in Arizona as part of an honors course offered this spring at Penn State Wilkes-Barre.

Led by Penn State Wilkes-Barre faculty members Dr. Joseph Jumpeter, Assistant Professor of Music, and William Bachman, Instructor in Communications, the group traveled to the Hualapai Indian Reservation on the Grand Canyon's West Rim. Timothy Hunter, a Hualapai elder, accompanied the group on its stops to the main information center, Eagle Point, Grand Canyon Sky Walk, Native American Village, and Guano Point. Hunter described Hualapai culture, customs, the creation story, and contemporary issues facing the tribe in the 21st century.

For more information, please contact Melissa Gunshannon, Public Information Coordinator at Penn State Wilkes-Barre, at [email protected] or 570-675-9269.

Honor Society Members