Remembering Another Chevy Truck

Navajo Code Talker Thomas H. Begay sits behind the wheel of a 1955 Chevy pickup Saturday afternoon at the El Pueblo Motel on east Route 66. After returning from Korea, Begay said that he bought a 1953 Chevy pickup and paid $1,300 cash for it.

The Fort Tuthill Military Museum is hosting the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian’s "Patriot Nations: Native Americans in Our Nation’s Armed Forces" exhibit through July 21.

Native Americans have served in every major U.S. military encounter from the Revolutionary War to today’s conflicts in the Middle East in higher numbers per-capita than any other ethnic group. This traveling exhibit reveals the remarkable history of Native American veterans through art, photography and essay.

The 16-panel exhibition documents 250 years of Native peoples’ contributions in U.S. military history and remains on view through July 21, 2019 (weekends only) 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.

The Military Museum itself is housed in two of historic Fort Tuthill’s original buildings and traces the 154-year history of the 158th Infantry Regiment “Bushmasters” and the Arizona National Guard with an extensive display of weapons, pictures, and documents. The museum's address is 2446 Fort Tuthill Loop Rd.

This weekend will also see a number of special events as part of the exhibit.

Saturday, July 6

  • 10-4 p.m.: Hopi Code Talkers display.
  • 1 p.m.: Clark W. Tenakhongva, Vice Chairman, and an award -winning Hopi music artist, opening remarks and music.
  • 2 p.m.: Hopi youth dancers. 

Sunday, July 7

  • 10 a.m.-6 p.m.: Special hours so visitors can view Smithsonian Exhibit and AZ room.
  • 6 p.m.: 108th Army Band concert.

'Water is Life' artist reception set for Friday

This exhibit, titled "Water is Life," is the newest installment of the Episcopal Church of the Epiphany's "Art in Action" series and provides a snapshot of sustainable water management challenges in Arizona.

The juried show features the unique, visual interpretation of this theme by nine local artists. Dr. Kevin Gibson, retired mining engineer, will speak at the July 5, First Friday ArtWalk event, starting at 7 p.m. Gibson will address the risks to groundwater with the introduction of fracking. Refreshments are provided.

The event is free and open to the public and will go from 6 to 8:30 p.m on Friday, July 5. The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany is located at 423 N. Beaver St. For more information, visit: www.epiphanyaz.org/open-doors-art-in-action-gallery/.

Hopi festival back for 86th year

The Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture is recognized as a cultural treasure in the state, and a not-to-miss summer tradition.

The two-day celebration of Hopi culture starts at 9 a.m. Saturday with a ceremonial welcome and flag-raising, followed by dance and music performances, artist demonstrations, workshops and puppet shows.

This year's performers include Ongtupqa and a Hopi hoop dancer. Learn about gourd carving from artists Jonah and Gregory Hill and meet hundreds of carvers, weavers, potters, painters, jewelers and other artists demonstrating, displaying and selling their art.

With craft activities for kids, this is a fun-filled, immersive weekend for the entire family.

The event takes place at the Museum of Northern Arizona, 3101 N. Fort Valley Rd. For more information, call 928-774-5213 or visit http://musnaz.org.

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