Hopi Festival celebrates culture, tradition and art July 6-7

Ramson Lomatewama blows glass outside the museum. Ryan Williams/NHO

Ramson Lomatewama blows glass outside the museum. Ryan Williams/NHO

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture marked its 80th year July 6-7 at the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) in Flagstaff.

Around 75 artists displyed their work in booths throughout the museums courtyard and gallery spaces. Hundreds of distinctive art pieces including quilts, rattles, pottery, katsina dolls, paintings, and baskets were on display and for sale.

Cultural interpreters discussed Hopi lifeways, ancestors, migrations and pottery during Heritage Insights talks during the event. Visitors had the chance to watch Hopi traditional dances, listen to songs and music and learn of the Hopi language and stories through performances and talks. Those in attendance could also taste traditional Hopi food, including Piki bread made of blue corn.

The Arizona Humanities Council sponsors the Heritage Insights presentations.

This year's presentations included a talk by Dr. Kelley Hays-Gilpan, the Edwards Bridge Danson Chair of Anthropology at MNA and a Northern Arizona University professor.

The Nuvatukya'ovi Sinom Dance Group performed the Buffalo Dance on Sunday. The Buffalo Dance is performed on the Hopi mesas as both entertainment and a reminder that the buffalo, antelope and deer used to roam in Northern Arizona.

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