Navajo-Hopi Nations,Flagstaff & Winslow News
Tue, Aug. 04

Second Annual Hopi Arts and Craft Market Sept. 24-25
Hopi Building in downtown Flagstaff to offer Hopi arts and culture

Rosanda Suetopka Thayer/NHO<br>
Hopi dancers take a moment to pose with Flagstaff Mayor Sara Pressler (far right) last year at the first Hopi Economic Development Corporations’ Art Market, which is slated to become an annual event.

Rosanda Suetopka Thayer/NHO<br> Hopi dancers take a moment to pose with Flagstaff Mayor Sara Pressler (far right) last year at the first Hopi Economic Development Corporations’ Art Market, which is slated to become an annual event.

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Hopi Tribe's Economic Development Corporation (HTEDC) will host its free, open to the public Second Annual Hopi Arts and Crafts Market on Heritage Square in downtown Flagstaff in front of their tribal property "Hopi Building" on the corner of Leroux and Aspen on Sept. 24-25. Both days bring the promise of art, food and live dance performance starting at 9 a.m. and ending at 6 p.m. on Saturday and 5 p.m. on Sunday.

The HTEDC is hoping to provide genuine Hopi artists a supportive environment to showcase their Hopi traditional hand-crafted art, as well as sharing their culture and dance with the visiting public in Flagstaff during one of the last days of summer.

Last year's event was well attended and offered live Hopi social dance performances, fresh Hopi traditional foods for sale, paintings, textiles, wood art, pen and ink renderings, Hopi overlay jewelry, gourd artwork, pottery and specialized quilt art and contemporary 2-dimensional art pieces from all three of the Hopi mesas.

A portion of the proceeds from this special Hopi market will also be donated to a youth and elderly project titled, FootPrints of the Ancestors which is an intergenerational program that youth participate in with master elder teachers learning in the areas of Hopi culture, Hopi language, migration and a form of life balance.

This special balance program portion teaches Hopi students how to become life-long stewards of Mother Earth for the betterment of life for all people, native and non-native.

"We want to create opportunities for our Hopi youth, to help them gain the knowledge and understanding of how important our culture and language are to us, and to keep these alive for our generations to come. We must encourage and support our children and grandchildren to carry on these traditions," said Lisa Talayumptewa, one of the principal organizers for the Hopi Market weekend.

In this effort to keep the event as "traditional a Hopi experience that can be offered off the Reservation," only Hopi traditional foods will be sold at the event, so that non-native visitors can experience and taste what Hopi traditional tastes and looks like.

Hopi artists that are interested in booth space for the weekend can contact Lisa Talayumptewa at (928) 522-8675 or email her at lisa.talayumptewa@htedc.net for an application.

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