The Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff puts on annual cultural festivals that are certainly worth a trip north. Only 2.5 hours from Phoenix, Flagstaff is home to an excellent cultural museum that comes alive four times a year with scheduled cultural festivals. The 2011 schedule:
21st Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture :: Journey to the Center Place
Saturday and Sunday, May 28 – 29, 2011
The A:shiwi or Zuni people, an integral part of the Colorado Plateau and the sacred landscape of the San Francisco Peaks, share Zuni language, lifeways, traditional music, and dances. Enjoy the Olla Maidens who dance with Zuni pots balanced on their heads, the Nawetsa Family Dancers who perform traditional Zuni dances, and music from the Zuni Pueblo Band. Learn about the shaping, forming, and painting of traditional Zuni pottery. And be amazed and inspired by weavers, inlay jewelers, fetish carvers, and painters. See MNA’s newest exhibit A:shiwi A:wan Ulohnanne—The Zuni World. This event is created in partnership with the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in Zuni, New Mexico.
78th Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture :: The Oldest Hopi Show in the World
Saturday and Sunday, July 2-3, 2011
A Fourth of July tradition since the 1930s, award-winning Hopi artists from the twelve Hopi villages bring the mesas to Flagstaff. The exquisite work of carvers, painters, jewelers, potters, quilters, and basket and textile weavers fill the more than 55 artists’ booths. Visitors gain insight from the cultural presentations, storytelling, music, and dances that fill the Museum grounds during the July 4th weekend. Take a taste of Hopi bread or piki baked in outside ovens. Watch Hopi pottery being shaped, painted, and traditionally fired. Walk the Museum’s Rio de Flag Nature Trail with a Hopi medicine woman. And take part in discussions about the Hopi values of humility, cooperation, respect, balance, and earth stewardship.
62nd Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture :: A Walk in Beauty
Saturday and Sunday, August 6-7, 2011
Weavers and potters work side by side with jewelers and filmmakers during this colorful and exciting summer festival. More than 65 of the finest Diné artists display and demonstrate their innovative expressions of traditional art forms. Artists demonstrate jewelry, painting, beading, pottery, and weaving techniques. Enjoy hoop and traditional dancing, a retrospective fashion show, and traditional and modern Native music. Customs and practices families are using to keep traditions strong are discussed by cultural experts. Explore the tribe’s intricate language with a Navajo linguist, and come to understand many ancient legends and traditions. Hike with a Navajo ethnobotanist and learn the Native uses of local plant life.
8th Annual Celebraciónes de la Gente :: A Lively Celebration of the Day of the Dead
Saturday and Sunday, October 29-30, 2011
The Museum comes to life for Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, an ancient Mesoamerican holiday held throughout Mexico, Latin America, and the Southwest. Transforming grief into celebration, this ritual pays homage to the lives of lost loved ones by inviting them back to enjoy their favorite music and foods, and to honor their contributions in life. More than a dozen Flagstaff families create ofrendas (altars), to share in a courtyard exhibit. Learn about the Day of the Dead traditions and the role of Hispanics in Northern Arizona. Enjoy mariachi music, arts, and storytelling. This event is created in partnership with Nuestras Raices, an organization of Flagstaff Hispanic pioneers.
For more information visit the Museum of Northern Arizona website.
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