Experience arts & culture
on the Colorado Plateau
Flagstaff AZ (October 11, 2013) – The Museum of Northern Arizona today announced its lineup of 2014 festivals of arts and culture. Festivals are designed to enhance the public’s love and responsibility for cultures living on the Colorado Plateau. These events are packed with artist booths, music, dance, demonstrations and insightful cultural programming.
The Museum of Northern Arizona is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily at 3101 N. Fort Valley Road in Flagstaff. Details at www.musnaz.org.
24th Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture
9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, May 24 & 25, 2014
Members’ Preview and Awards Presentation: Friday, May 23
The A:shiwi or Zuni people will travel from Zuni, New Mexico, to share their art and culture. Enjoy traditional Zuni dances and music from the Zuni Pueblo Band. Learn about the importance of art and the preservation of the tribe’s cultural identity. Meet and buy directly from Zuni artists. This event is created in partnership with the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in Zuni, New Mexico.
81st Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture
9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, July 5 & 6
Members’ Preview and Awards Presentation: Friday, July 4
A Fourth of July tradition since the 1930s, award-winning artists from the twelve Hopi villages share their culture. Learn about Hopi clans and clan migration, and how the tribe is working to preserve language and agricultural traditions. Hopi traditions are shared through presentations, storytelling, demonstrations, music and dances. The unique work of carvers, painters, jewelers, potters, quilters and basket and textile weavers fill more than 75 artist booths.
65th Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture
9 a.m. – 5 p.m., Saturday & Sunday, August 2 & 3
Members’ Preview and Awards Presentation: Friday, August 1
More than 100 of the finest Navajo artists display and demonstrate their innovative expressions of traditional art forms. Meet award-winning painters and renowned weavers. Enjoy hoop and social dances, and both traditional and modern Native music. Cultural experts will teach about how families are keeping traditions strong. Explore the tribe’s intricate language and legends with a Navajo linguist. Hike with a Navajo ethnobotanist and learn the Native American uses of local plant life.
11th Celebraciones de la Gente
Saturday and Sunday,
October 25 & 26, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Members Preview and
Lighting of Altars
Friday, October 24
Celebraciones de la Gente presents a lively look into traditions embraced by Mexican, Mexican American and Hispanic cultures. Museum grounds will be full of music, dancing, art demonstrations, artist booths, crafts, insightful programming, food and hands-on family activities. Produced in partnership with Nuestra Raices, an organization of Flagstaff’s Hispanic pioneer families, the festival embraces customs of converting grief into stories, music, dance and fellowship.
85 years of inspiration
The Museum of Northern Arizona celebrates its 85th year of inspiring a sense of love and responsibility for the Colorado Plateau through collecting, studying, interpreting, and preserving the region’s natural and cultural heritage.
The Museum of Northern Arizona is at 3101 N. Fort Valley Road in Flagstaff, Arizona. For information, go to musnaz.org or call 928.774.5213.