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Grand Canyon Glass Skywalk creates excitement and controversy

Skywalk at Grand Canyon making its debut

Grand Canyon National Park [pdf]

Hualapai Tribe

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Grand Canyon Skywalk [Macromedia Flash Player]

Over the millennia, the Grand Canyon has been the source of wonder and amazement as it was traversed first by indigenous people and a host of other individuals, including John Wesley Powell, who surveyed the area in 1869. This Tuesday saw the formal opening of a recent man-made addition to the rim of the Canyon that generated plenty of commentary and controversy months before it opened. The Grand Canyon Skywalk, which resembles a massive horseshoe, extends 70 feet beyond the canyon's edge. The Las Vegas developer, David Jin, created this project. Visitors to the Skywalk who pay $25 will get to look down through glass panels to the canyon floor some 4000 feet below, which could be both exhilarating and frightening, depending one one's temperament and tolerance for heights. The Hualapai Indians, who have aggressively defended the Skywalk as a form of effective economic development, approved the Skywalk and Sheri Yellowhawk who has been overseeing the project commented, "When we have so much poverty and so much unemployment, we have to do something." Other individuals and organizations have voiced strong concerns about the Skywalk, and Kieran Suckling, policy director for the Center for Biological Diversity is one of their number. In a recent interview, he commented "The tribe has repeatedly brought tacky, gross commercial ventures into the canyon, and it's inappropriate."

The first link will take users to a well-written piece from Devika Bhat of the Times which comments on the opening of the Skywalk. The second link takes users to another piece on the Skywalk, offered courtesy of the Arizona Republic. Moving along, the third link leads to the very authoritative and informative National Park Service site dedicated to the natural history and geography of the Grand Canyon. The fourth link whisks users away to the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona's site on the Hualapai Tribe. The fifth link will take users to the Arizona State University Libraries' Native Americans Online site. Here, visitors can look over an extensive set of links that lead to a variety of online resources, such as digital collections and such. The final link leads to the official homepage of the Grand Canyon Skywalk, which is available in Korean, Japanese, Chinese, and English.
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Alternate Title Glass platform opens up Grand Canyon chasm
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Date of Scout Publication 2007-03-23
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