Daniel Kaska was born in Supai, Arizona, on April 6, 1926. He learned his traditional songs, stories and cultural history from his parents and has passed that down to his children. He is the son of the first Havasupai Tribal Chairman and himself served as Tribal Chairman in the 1970s, helping to regain Havasupai Tribal lands, known as the Grand Canyon National Park Enlargement Act of 1975.
Mr. Kaska was Chief of Police for the Bureau of Indian Affairs for 18 years. He is a man of wisdom, full of cultural and traditional knowledge, who encourages the preservation of cultural traditions and songs within the Havasupai Tribe, participates in cultural events singing gourd songs, and contributes his songs at traditional ceremonies.