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Heritage Program Festivals
Creativity, Culture, and
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.
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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
Raices, an organization of Flagstaff Hispanic pioneers.
- 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