The traditions of the Hopi culture and the mystique of mesa life will be amply represented when the fourth annual Hopi Sponsored Native American Arts and Cultural Festival comes to Heritage Square in downtown Flagstaff this coming weekend to delight both tourists and residents.
The visit here by dancers, vendors and musicians marks a new tourism effort by the tribe to reach out to all who want to learn more about Hopi ways. This new effort, Explore Hopi, comes complete with a new website (www.explorehopi.com), tours and maps on the mesas and both homeland and out-of-town cultural events.
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The festival is sponsored by the Hopi Tribe Economic Development Corporation (HTEDC), which was formed in 2005 by the Hopi Tribal Council to provide the guidance and training that allows Hopi Tribe members to prosper and preserve their homeland and culture. The HTEDC has its headquarters in Flagstaff, and the festival is set in the shadow of the Hopi Building (a HTEDC-owned property).
The festival showcases Hopi, Navajo and other Native American artisans, including prominent, nationally-recognized dance groups and Hopi cuisine, in collaboration with partner downtown businesses.
More than 30 vendors are expected to be at Heritage Square, including traditional and contemporary artisans include potters, carvers, weavers and painters.
Notable artists include Dalangyawma, Atokuku, Nampeyo, Honyouti, Quannie, Honahnie, David, LaRance, Lomadafkie, Navasie, Chimerica, Koruh, Whitethorn, Begay and Lavato.
Included in the live entertainment is nationally recognized, six-time World Champion Hoop Dancer Nakotah LaRance, who will perform the “Circle of Life” dance that many tribes perform throughout the U.S. and Canada. Nakotah is also a Native American actor with many acting credits.
Also well known is Ed Kabotie, a dynamic native flute player of the Santa Clara Pueblo and the Hopi village of Shungopavi. His music reflects both of these two dynamic cultures. Kabotie comes from a notable artistic heritage on his Hopi side through paintings, jewelry and carvings.
Other performances will include a Paaqavi Hopi Dance Group, the Hopi Sun Forehead Dance group, Haaku’ Buffalo Dance Group and The Serpent Trail Dancers. Also performing will be the Forrest Lake Drum and the Hopi Rattle Snake Band.
Donations at the festival this year will go to Child Protective Services in Flagstaff and at Hopi to assist with a safer, better way of life for those children in need.
Aspen Avenue between San Francisco and Leroux streets will be closed, allowing the festival to increase in size.
The HTEDC owns and operates, on behalf of the Hopi Tribe, the following enterprises: Hopi Cultural Center Restaurant & Inn on Second Mesa; Days Inn Kokopelli in the Village of Oak Creek (Sedona); the Hopi Travel Plaza off I-40 near Holbrook; Hopi 3 Canyon Ranches near Winslow, Springerville and Flagstaff; and the commercial properties of Heritage Square, Continental Plaza and Kachina Square in Flagstaff.
Betsey Bruner can be reached at email@example.com or 556-2255.
IF YOU GO...
WHAT: Hopi Sponsored Native American Arts and Cultural Festival
WHEN: Saturday-Sunday, Sept. 28- 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
WHERE: Heritage Square, downtown Flagstaff
INFO: Visit www.explorehopi.com