Heritage Program Festivals
Creativity, Culture, and Community

Immerse your senses in the cultures of the Colorado Plateau. Delight your eyes with a rainbow of dress, dance, and art. Delight your ears with the sounds of ancient drumming and modern Native music. Delight your nose with the scent of baking bread in a traditional Native oven. And most of all, gain a better sense of each featured culture.

MNA festivals offer a balance of ancient and modern cultural presentations, performances, and activities― providing visitors a deeper insight into the Hopi, Navajo, Zuni, and Hispanic cultures living on the Colorado Plateau and in the Four Corners region.  Meet the families who are keeping their Native art forms and customs alive, and learn the cultural significance behind their work.

MNA's Heritage Program is sponsored by the Arizona Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, Flagstaff Cultural Partners, and the City of Flagstaff.

2014 Festivals

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24th Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture
Saturday and Sunday, May 24-25, 2014
The A:shiwi or Zuni people, share Zuni language, lifeways, traditional music, and dances. Artists, performers and educators travel from Zuni, New Mexico, an integral part of the cultural landscape of the Colorado Plateau, to share their art and culture. Enjoy the Nawetsa Family Dancers who perform traditional Zuni dances, and music from the Zuni Pueblo Band. Learn about the importance of art and cultural place-names in the perpetuation of traditional identity. Meet and buy directly from Zuni artists and demonstrators. This event is created in partnership with the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in Zuni, New Mexico.

81st Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture
Saturday and Sunday, July 5-6, 2014
A Fourth of July tradition since the 1930s, award-winning Hopi artists from the twelve Hopi villages bring the mesas to Flagstaff. Add map of Hopi The unique work of carvers, painters, jewelers, potters, quilters, and basket and textile weavers fill the more than 65 artists’ booths. Enjoy cultural presentations, storytelling, music, and dances that fill the Museum grounds during the Fourth of July weekend. Taste Hopi bread and piki baked outside in ovens. Watch Hopi pottery being shaped, painted, and traditionally fired. Walk the Museum’s Rio de Flag Nature Trail with a Hopi medicine woman. Learn about Hopi clans and clan migration, and how the tribe is working to preserve language and agricultural traditions.

65th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture
Saturday and Sunday, August 2-3, 2014
Weavers and potters work side by side with jewelers and filmmakers during this colorful and exciting summer festival. More than 100 of the finest Diné artists display and demonstrate their innovative expressions of traditional art forms. Meet award winning painters and renowned weavers. Enjoy hoop and social dances, and traditional and modern Native music with the Pollen Trail Dancers and Blackfire. Learn from cultural experts about customs and practices families are using to keep traditions strong. Explore the tribe’s intricate language with a Navajo linguist, and come to understand many ancient legends and traditions. Hike with a Navajo ethnobotanist and learn the Diné uses of local plant life.

11th Annual Celebraciones de la Gente :: A Lively Celebration of the Day of the Dead
Saturday and Sunday, October 25-26, 2014
The Museum comes to life for Dia de los Muertos or Day of the Dead, an ancient Mesoamerican holiday held throughout Mexico, Latin America, and the Southwest. More than a dozen Flagstaff families create ofrendas (altars) to display in the Museum’s courtyard. Learn about Day of the Dead traditions and the role of Hispanics in northern Arizona’s history. Enjoy mariachi music, arts, and storytelling. Learn about migration and the blending of cultural traditions. A celebration of all people of Latino and Hispanic origin, this festival is a colorful and vibrant expression of community. It is created in partnership with Nuestras Raices, an organization of Flagstaff Hispanic pioneers.


           


2013 Festivals

  • 23rd Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture: May 25-26, 2013
  • 80th Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture: July 6-7, 2013
  • 64th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture: August 3-4, 2013
  • 10th Annual Celebraciónes de la Gente: October 26-27, 2013

 

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