Celebrate the raven with the Museum of Northern Arizona

2013-11-21T05:00:00Z Celebrate the raven with the Museum of Northern ArizonaBy ABBIE GRIPMAN Arizona Daily Sun
November 21, 2013 5:00 am  • 

The fascinating, ubiquitous and clever raven is the focus of a daylong festival Saturday at the Museum of Northern Arizona.

MNA will celebrate the Day of the Raven on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Festival activities are included with regular admission.

Artists, authors, naturalists and others will explore the wily wonder and mythology of these intelligent birds. Poetry, fine art, author readings, hands-on activities and a presentation by the Audubon Society will enlighten audiences to the amazing lives of ravens.

The Day of the Raven will include raven-inspired art and writing, presentations and a public writing circle. Presenters include Shonto Begay, Mary Sojourner, Seth Muller, Diane Phelps Budden and Sharon McGinnis.

Did you know ravens can live to 30 years? Considered the most intelligent bird, ravens have their own form of communication and can even be taught to count. They display high learning ability and use logic for solving problems. Ravens are emotional, too. A raven’s calls can express tenderness, happiness, surprise, emotion or rage.

The Museum of Northern Arizona is at 3101 N. Fort Valley Road. For information, go to musnaz.org or call 774-5213.

Indigenous Bash at NAU Saturday

The Flagstaff community is invited to Northern Arizona University on Saturday for the third annual Indigenous Bash.

The host club, Connecting Higher Educations Indigenously (C.H.E.I.), is a student group of the Department of Applied Indigenous Studies, who wish to provide the larger community an opportunity to experience the diversity of the world’s indigenous peoples.

The free event will include live music and a fashion show featuring Shayne Watson Designs, Defy Mi Designs and Jared Oxdx Yazzie Designs. Hair and makeup will be provided by Christine DeAngelis Northern Arizona Glam Squad. Live performers will include The Dakhka Khwaan Dancers, Shining Soul-Music and Los Coyotes Reggae. The indigenous Bash will be from 4 to 8 p.m. at the NAU Fieldhouse.

Send Around the Town news to Abbie Gripman at agripman@azdailysun.com or call her at 556-2241.

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