Flagstaff, AZ -- Several thousand visitors attend the Annual Hopi Festival at Heritage Square in historic downtown Flagstaff south of the Grand Canyon every year. Now it is your chance to experience Hopi and Native arts and culture on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
See colorful social dances, listen to Native music and shop for traditional and contemporary art. Six-time World Champion Native American Hoop Dancer, Nakotah LaRance will enthrall the crowd as he weaves his hoops that represent the “Circle of Life” into many elements and designs found in nature. The Native American Hoop Dance is an ancient dance that performed by many tribes in the U.S. and Canada. The Hopi Paqavi Dance Group is also scheduled to perform.
Many Hopi people live on ancestral lands in a remote part of Arizona which is a two hour forty-five minute drive from Grand Canyon National Park and a two-hour drive from Flagstaff. Most visitors to the Grand Canyon or Flagstaff do not have the opportunity to see Hopi dances and meet Native artisans. The festival brings these rare culture interactions to Flagstaff.
Ed Kabotie from Santa Clara Pueblo and the Hopi village of Shungopavi is one of many artists who will exhibit paintings, jewelry and carvings. His art reflects and is inspired by both dynamic cultures. Aspen Avenue between San Francisco and Leroux Streets in historic downtown Flagstaff will be closed to allow foot traffic through the marketplace where a wide variety of Native artists and vendors will display their work.
The festival is sponsored by the Hopi Tribe Economic Development Corporation -- in partnership with other Native American artisans and the City of Flagstaff -- to assist artisans to sell their arts and crafts and to share about their ways of life and rich cultures. The festival is an opportunity for Grand Canyon area residents and visitors to learn about their Native neighbors by way of art, social dances and traditional foods. The event aims to bring people together to appreciate togetherness, happiness and stewardship of the earth for all people of different walks of life. This year’s festival donations will go to Child Protective Services in Flagstaff and at Hopi to assist with a safe and better way of life for children in need.
Hopi tradition says that the Grand Canyon is the place of emergence for the Hopi people. Hopi people today still consider places in the Grand Canyon sacred. Click here for other sacred sites of the Grand Canyon. Learn more about visiting Hopi lands by clicking here.
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