Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture
August 1, 2014
Public Festival August 2–3, 2014
2014 Festival Schedule
and Sustaining Diné Culture
Navajo Festival of Arts & Culture Celebrates 65 Years
More than 60 award-winning artists will travel from across the Navajo Nation for a weekend of cultural immersion at the Museum of Northern Arizona’s 65th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts & Culture, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 2 and 3.
Ticket prices are $10 adults, $9 seniors (65+), $7 students (with ID), $6 American Indians (10+) and $6 youth (10-17). The event is supported in part by the Arizona Commission on the Arts with funding from the state of Arizona and the National Endowment on the Arts as well as the Flagstaff Arts Council with City of Flagstaff/BBB Revenues.
“Reaching the 65-year mark for the Navajo Festival of Arts & Culture is an incredible milestone on many levels,” said Museum of Northern Arizona President and CEO Dr. Robert Breunig. “The festival is a place where culture, creativity and community happen and reflects the long-standing and mutually beneficial relationship between the Museum and the Navajo people.”
It all began in August 1949 through a collaboration of traders on the western portion of the Navajo Reservation when 15 trading posts submitted ten of their best rugs to the Museum of Northern Arizona to compete for prizes. The Museum’s goal was to align both weavers and traders in keeping alive the old styles of weaving and improving the quality of yarns, dyes and designs. Today, the weekend event draws thousands of visitors from across the region and around the world.
“What is unique to this festival is the rare opportunity to meet and engage with so many talented artists,” said Linda Martin, Heritage Program Manager at the Museum of Northern Arizona. “Each of our Heritage Program festivals provides an in-depth look into the cultures and peoples of the Colorado Plateau and allows wonderful exchanges between artists and visitors.”
The public will have the opportunity to purchase traditional and contemporary examples of silverwork, jewelry, painting, weaving, folk carving, sculpture and more directly from the artists. Artist demonstrations, including weaving and sand painting, traditional foods, musical performances and the pageantry of Navajo social dances are also planned.
“Our main stage entertainment includes some of the region’s best performers,” said Martin. More than a dozen musical groups and dancers will take the stage Saturday and Sunday including Grammy award nominee Radmilla Cody.
A members’ preview, Friday, August 1, from 6 to 8 p.m., includes a juried arts award ceremony, silent auction and first opportunity to purchase artwork from participating artists. To become a member of the Museum of Northern Arizona, call 928.774.5213, ext 253.
The Museum of Northern Arizona is located three miles from historic downtown Flagstaff on scenic Highway 180 leading to the Grand Canyon.
About the Navajo
The Navajo Nation is the largest tribe in the U.S., covering nearly
27,000 square miles in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah. With a
population that has surpassed 250,000, this sovereign nation is
focused on health care, economic development, and employment to
benefit the Navajo people. Thousands of tourists each year are
attracted to its natural wonders at Monument Valley, Canyon de Chelly,
and Chaco Canyon.
The 11th Annual Celebraciones de la Gente, October 25-26, 2014 is part of MNA's Heritage Program. Make
plans now to attend this upcoming festival!
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