Hands-on activities with native artists in Flag

Laguna, Cochiti, Hopi & Navajo artisans show participants how to try it themselves

FLAGSTAFF -- A day of hands-on activities in flint knapping, silversmithing, weaving, pottery, flute and drum-making and more takes place at the Coconino Center for the Arts on Thursday, July 28, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Nineteen Native artisans will share their talents and insights into how ancient techniques, colors, designs and styles passed down through family traditions are incorporated into modern treasures.

Traveling especially for this workshop for this workshop from throughout the Colorado Plateau and as far away as Santa Fe, the artists will talk about their art through demonstrations using the materials of their homelands. There will be opportunities for the public to try their own skills through hands-on activities at each artisan's station.

Entitled "Ancient Materials in a Modern World," the event has been organized for the first time ever as a new part of the annual Native American Festival of Arts & Culture. It is presented and produced by the Northern Arizona University Alumni Association's Think Again! lifelong learning course series in partnership with Flagstaff Cultural Partners. All demonstrations are free and open to the public. For those who choose to participate and try the various arts, a suggested donation directly to the artisans will help defray the cost of materials.

Highlighting the event will be 1982 NUA Fine Arts graduate Duane Maktima, award-winning Laguna Pueblo master jewelry. Maktima will be demonstrating his techniques in silversmithing and also be giving a visual presentation titled "The Evolution of Southwestern Jewelry and the Significance of Indigenous Stone."

Maktima is a strong advocate for the continuation and survival of the cultural arts within his native heritage. He strives to help others of all backgrounds understand the importance of the craftsperson's contribution to native culture and traditions and is frequently featured at the national fine arts level. His gallery is located in Gloieta, N.M. Maktima's Southwestern Jewelry presentation is from noon to 1 p.m.

Navajo tacos and other food items will be available for sale to the public. This event is being presented on July 28 to showcase the Center for the Arts best contemporary artwork by regional Native American artists' exhibition, which the public may also visit.

The Coconino Center for the Arts is located at 2300 N Fort Valley Road, in Flagstaff. For additional information call 928-779-2300, or visit www.culturalpartners.org.

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