Navajo Marketplace focuses on Diné arts <br>

FLAGSTAFF — Contemporary musical performances, fine arts and cultural presentations are the focus of the 54th annual Navajo Marketplace at the Museum of Northern Arizona on Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2 and 3. From 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day modern Diné musicians and artists, social dances, and storytelling will be featured.

This year’s marketplace introduces live performances by five contemporary Navajo groups with modern rhythms. Well-known Aaron White, a founding member of the Grammy nominated group Burning Sky will play the Navajo flute. The exciting group Tribe 2 Entertainment will perform Navajo rap. Tuba City’s own group, Coalition, will play an eclectic mix of metal, disco, country and jazz. The Mighty 602 Band with Casper Lomayesva (Diné/Hopi) will bring its positive messages and reservation reggae, funk, soul, and ska. And this generous sampling of modern Diné musicians will be rounded out by Tuba City country guitarist Larry Shepard.

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