Northern Arizona offers travelers a glimpse into an untamed version of the Wild West. With towering pine trees, gorgeous snowfall during the winter, and dynamic views, Northern Arizona offers a scenic vacation for the adventurous travel goer. Head to the mountain town of Flagstaff for a wonderful alpine adventure. The Petrified Forest is a glimpse into the truly ancient past of the state, and of course, it wouldn’t be a trip to the Grand Canyon State without heading to the namesake of this nickname: the Grand Canyon. Monument Valley, in its stunning array of colors and vistas, is also a must-see for anyone interested in the American West.
Cultural celebrations in Arizona are always lively and colorful, and if you’ve got the opportunity to attend, should not be missed. Learn about the Navajo culture when you head to the Museum of Northern Arizona, and enjoy the 69th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture August 4-5. With traditional and contemporary art, artist demonstrations, authentic food, and musical performances, you’ll be able to experience everything about Navajo culture in this amazing festival. We at ResortsandLodges.com had a chance to sit down with the Director of Marketing, Kristan Hutchison, for more details about this wonderful celebration of native culture in Arizona.
RAL: How long has the event been running?
KH: Over 60 years! This year marks the 69th festival.
RAL: What demographic does your event attract?
KH: Everyone! There’s plenty to do for families, children, and couples.
RAL: What makes the event unique?
KH: The opportunity to engage with authentic Navajo fine arts and craftspeople one-on-one is a fantastic experience. Guests will also be able to learn about Navajo culture from tribal experts, scholars, and elders.
RAL: Take me through a day at the event. What can I expect as an attendee?
KH: Under the big tent there will be mainstage performers singing, dancing, and playing music. The performers range from traditional dance groups in colorful regalia to contemporary bands, sharing the gamut of Navajo culture. All through the museum’s galleries and courtyards, artists will be demonstrating their crafts and talking with visitors while selling their work. Tribal experts will delve more deeply into specific aspects of their culture. The kids can make Navajo-related crafts and watch puppet shows based on traditional Navajo stories.
RAL: What kind of guest appearances are at the festival?
KH: World famous dance groups and musicians perform at the festival. This year, the lineup includes the Dineh Tah Dancers, Callie Bennett, and The Platero’s. Speakers include the first Navajo woman with a PhD in history, Jennifer Denetdale, and other guests like Chip Thomas!
RAL: What kind of dining will there be?
KH: The food trucks will be bringing an authentic dining experience. Guests can sample from Archuleta’s Mexican food, Grandma’s Navajo Fry bread, and Renteria Family Fry Bread.
RAL: Why should people come to your event?
KH: The festival is an opportunity to share in an authentic celebration of Navajo culture. This is an unparalleled opportunity to engage in Native culture and learn more about what makes Navajo culture and traditions beautifully unique.
For more information about the festivities, please check out the event website.