Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture features music, dance, art and discussion

Casper and The Mighty 602 Band performs during the 82nd annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture July 4 at the Museum of northern Arizona.  Ryan Williams/NHO

Casper and The Mighty 602 Band performs during the 82nd annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture July 4 at the Museum of northern Arizona. Ryan Williams/NHO

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - The 82nd annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture took place last weekend celebrating Hopi art and culture and featuring more than 80 artists from the Hopi villages in northern Arizona.

A Fourth of July tradition since the 1930s, the Hopi Show drew large crowds who enjoyed the display of art and cultural programs. Thousands of distinct art pieces from emerging and master Hopi artists included jewelry, paintings, katsina dolls, baskets, rattles and pottery available for sale from the artists themselves. Heritage Insight programs by Hopi educators, scholars and artists highlighted ancestry, migration and the efforts to preserve language and agricultural traditions.

Music and dancing was streamed live over KUYI Hopi Radio - groups included Casper and The Mighty 602 Band and Yukva and the Tsootro Hopi Dance Group, among others.

Ramon Dalangyawma won first place - Jewelry, Bob Lomadafkie Memorial Award and Best of Show for his Nine-Piece Necklace.

Other first place award winners included:

Fine Art: Ahkima Honyumptewa for Ankg Kachinas Bring the Rain;

Basketry: Virginia Hawee for her wicker basket;

Katsina - Traditional: Lawrence Melendez for Sikwa and Sikeo Hote;

Pottery: Gwen Setalla for a cylinder vase with eagle, dragonfly, prayer feather design and corn lid;

Textiles/Weaving: Marvin Pooyouma for a traditional Hopi belt; and

Youth: Brandon Ross for Avotshoya.

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