83rd annual Hopi Festival showcases artistry, cultural traditions July 2-3

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. - More than 100 award-winning artists and presenters from the Hopi villages in northern Arizona will bring cultural traditions and talents to the Museum of Northern Arizona (MNA) for the 83rd Annual Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture July 2-3, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Ticket prices are $12 for adults and $8 students (with ID), American Indians (10+ with tribal affiliation) and youth 10-17. Children under 10 are free.

Attendees will enjoy two days of authentic food, artist demonstrations, music performances by Tha 'Yoties, dancing by the Tsootro Hopi Dance Group and World Champion Hoop Dancer Nakotah LaRance, and a not-to-be missed children's area that will entertain the young at heart. Heritage Insight programs by Hopi educators, scholars and artists highlight ancestry, migration, and efforts made to preserve language, arts and agricultural traditions. KUYI Hopi radio will broadcast live all weekend.

"For more than 80 years, the Museum and Hopi artisans, native scholars and performers have collaborated on a rich presentation of Hopi life and culture for the public," said Carrie M. Heinonen, MNA director and CEO of the Museum of Northern Arizona. "This event provides a wonderful opportunity to learn about aspects of Hopi life directly from artists and presenters."

Festival attendees can buy distinct art pieces from emerging and master Hopi artists including jewelry, paintings, katsina dolls, baskets, gourd rattles and pottery at a wide range of prices.

"Our festivals offer a balance of ancient and modern cultural presentations, performances and activities," said Cristen Crujido, MNA director of marketing and public affairs. "Each provides insight into the peoples living on the Colorado Plateau. The Hopi festival is a wonderful event to meet and buy directly from the artists, learn the cultural significance behind their work and spend a day or two immersed in the history and artistry of the tribe."

Featured lectures

A History of The Pueblo Revolt of 1680 with Ed Kabotie. The Pueblo Nations (Hopi, Tewa, Zuni, Tiwa, Towa, & Keres) of Northern New Mexico and Arizona are the only group of Native Americans in recorded history to oust an established European colony from their homeland.

This remarkable and yet curiously obscure event took place in the summer of 1680 after over 80 years of oppression from Catholic Spain. Kabotie's songs, 7 Cities of Gold & Freedom Songs (included in the presentation), tell the story of this event.

The Sacred Landscape of the Colorado Plateau with Ed Kabotie. The Colorado Plateau is home to more national monuments than any other region of its size in the the United States. It is also a land of troubled recent history. The region's resources of uranium, water, oil and coal have been recklessly extracted. Through spoken word and music, MNA's artist-in-residence, Ed Kabotie, retells the story of the sacred Colorado Plateau, including its connection to the ancient Puebloan people.

Re-Connecting with Hopi Seeds with Dr. Lisa Young. This program will educate audiences about Hopi farming practices and the creation of a sister seed collection at MNA and the Museum of Anthropology in Ann Arbor, Michigan. This program highlights the dynamic educational and technical resources that are vital to cultural preservation.

Hopi Pottery Demonstration and Discussion with Emerson and Dorothy Ami. The Amis are traditional pottery artists from the Hopi village of Polacca. Together they have been making pottery for more than 30 years, a process that requires the discipline of selecting clay from the mesa, clay processing, hand coiling, polishing with rocks and outdoor firing. Just as they have been mentored by family and elders, the Amis continue the pottery tradition by presenting pottery classes and demonstrations throughout the Southwest.

The Museum of Northern Arizona is located three miles from historic downtown Flagstaff on scenic Highway 180 to the Grand Canyon.

More information, including a complete list of scheduled performances and participating artists, is available by visiting musnaz.org. or by phone at (928) 774-5213.

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