Yavapai-Apache Nation hosts annual Exodus Day event
CAMP VERDE, Ariz. - The Yavapai-Apache Nation will host its annual Exodus Day Commemoration Event on Saturday, Feb, 26 at the Nation's Veteran's Memorial Park located below Cliff Castle Casino.
The event commemorates the forced removal of the Yavapai and Apache people from their homeland in 1876 and the subsequent return of approximately 200 members to their homeland beginning in the early 1900s.
The Yavapai-Apache Nation invites the public to join them during the commemoration event that begins at 5 a.m. with a Freedom Spirit Run at the junction of Highway 87 and Route 260 in the Tonto National Forest. A traditional blessing ceremony will also be held at Boynton Canyon in Sedona at 6 a.m.
At 8 a.m., booths featuring Native American artists and food will be open at Veterans Memorial Park followed by a Commemorative Walk and March at 10 a.m. to the Yavapai-Apache Nation Cultural Resource Center and a traditional luncheon at noon, which is free to the public.
The day will wrap up with Greywolf featured in the Dragonfly Lounge at Cliff Castle Casino at 9 p.m.
For additional information regarding any of the days events, contact the Yavapai-Apache Nation Public Relations Office at (928) 567-1006 or (928) 567-1071.
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