Native American Arts Festival in Litchfield Park 2017

The West Valley Hosts a Popular Annual Native American Event

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••• Hoop dancer Montee Sinquah at the Native American Arts Festival. Courtesy City of Litchfield Park

The Native American Art Festival highlights some of the finest Southwest Native American artists. Among the notable demonstrating artists are Arapahoe/Cheyenne quilter Rebecca Daniels from Kirkland, N.M.; Cherokee painter Jesse Hummingbird from Bisbee; Hopi Kachina carver Manfred Susunkewa from Avondale; Zuni fetish carver Todd Westika from Zuni, N.M.; and Choctaw potter and jeweler Marsha Hedrick from Tonopah.

 

Enjoy these photos of a previous Native American Arts Festival.

What happens at the Native American Arts Festival?

The Native American Arts Festival features award-winning artists and showcases both traditional and modern Native American Art. Jewelry, pottery, basketry, weaving, kachinas, painting, beadwork and more will be available for viewing. The cultures and traditions of the Native Southwest are a major part of this festival, with authentic foods, artist demonstrations, musical performances, and traditional dancing.

When is it?

Saturday, January 14 and Sunday, January 15, 2017.
Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

Where is it?

New location in 2017! The festival will be held at the center of town where artist booths will line Old Litchfield Road south of Wigwam Blvd as well as across the lawn of the Litchfield Park Library, 101 W. Wigwam Blvd., and on the nearby Gazebo lawn. Here is a map to that area.

How much are tickets?

Admission is free.

What else will happen?

Entertainment is scheduled throughout the weekend.  The lineup includes two-time world champion hoop dancer Moontee Sinquah (Hopi) and his sons, Scott and Sampson; Native American Music Awards Artist of the Year and classical guitarist Gabriel Ayala (Yaqui) and multiple Grammy Award nominee, flutist Nakai.

 

Miss Indian Arizona, Shaandiin Parish of the Navajo Tribe, will make a special appearance at The Gathering at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14.

The R. Carlos Nakai Quartet, which also features saxophonist and keyboardist AmoChip Dabney, bassist Johnny Walker and drummer Will Clipman, will perform in a special pre-Festival concert at 7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 13 at The Wigwam immediately following a display of winning pieces from the Festival’s juried art competition. Tickets to the reception and concert are $25 and are available through www.eventbrite.com.

Are there discounts available?

Not that I know of.

What if I have more questions?

For more information, visit Litchfield Park online.

All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.