Native American Festival in Flag<br>
Some of the featured films were “We’re Still Here” by Dustin Craig (White Mountain Apache-Dine); “Hear Our Voices”—a documentary short confronting issues with uranium mining by students of Monument Valley High School; “Dada Yada,” a short film that poses thought provoking questions about history and racism in a post-911 world by Bennie Klain (Dine). There was also an opening comedy act by “Roast Mutton and Comedy Stew” which featured James and Ernie and Bennie Klain’s “Return of Navajo Boy.”
MNA has been an active and supportive community partner to CCA in bringing the public the best of native creativity and art in this past year. This partnership is a direct result of the hiring of Dr. Robert Breunig as the new MNA director and one of his staff members, Bob Lomadafki, an enrolled member of the Hopi Tribe. Lomadafki is the Heritage Program coordinator and has oversight over the entire native art summer series for MNA.
There will also be an upcoming book fair, youth powwow and youth art workshops.
CCA art show
The opening night Native American Festival Art show had only one traditional artwork submittal, and that was by Xashke Xadilch’oli Xalne’e. He is a member of the Navajo Nation and his two submitted works were a Navajo War Cap and traditional Navajo trousers made completely of hide, feathers, shells and small strips of leather.
The rest of the participating artists in the summer show, choose an extremely contemporary focus for their submitted works.
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