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Grand Canyon

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Goals of interpretation


How does interpretation relate to a site

The Grand Canyon is a steep-sided gorge carved by the Colorado River in the U.S. state of Arizona. It is largely contained within the Grand Canyon National Park — one of the first national parks in the United States. President Theodore Roosevelt was a major proponent of preservation of the Grand Canyon area, and visited on numerous occasions to hunt and enjoy the scenery.


Remember Tilden's Principles of Interpretation - Information, as such, is not interpretation. Interpretation is revelation based upon information. But they are entirely different things. However, all interpretation includes information.

1. Choose one of the slides from the Interpretation - The slide show (below) and write a short interpretation including the following points:

  • Information on the site eg. history, tradition, structure, purpose, use, culture
  • Is there any environmental or sustainable codes of practice involved with the site?
  • Include a human element to your interpretation
  • If you were to use props - other than the slide what would they be

2. Now choose one of these audiences and angle your interpretation to make it meaningful and relevant to them:

  • a small group of five from the Derbyshire County (England) Historians Society
  • Ten local secondary school students on a tourism fieldtrip
  • Three couples on their first OE from New Zealand
  • A party of six, 30-somethings at the destination for a weekend

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