Native American Heritage Festival

Native American Heritage Festival

Sat Nov 17

Human Evolution and Social Change
Location: Deer Valley Rock Art Center, 3711 W. Deer Valley Road
Campus: Off-campus           
Cost: Free

Visit ASU's Deer Valley Rock Art Center as we celebrate Native American Recognition Days with our annual American Indian Heritage Festival!

This event is free, family friendly and offers something for everyone!

On Saturday, November 17, 2012, from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., experience the music, art, culture, food, traditions and innovations of Arizona’s American Indians. Activities will include:

  • Live musical performance by Gertie Lopez and the T.O. Boyz. Gertie Lopez is a recording artist who has been playing Waila music for over 40 years. Also known as Chicken Scratch, Waila is the social music of the Tohono O'odham of Southern Arizona. Gertie Lopez and the T.O. Boyz will delight audiences with a lively performance of polkas, cumbias, two-step chotes and mazurkas, and kwayla, a Tohono O'odham square dance. The only female band leader in the Tohono O’odham Nation, Lopez is a renowned musician who plays the accordion, drums, guitar and bass guitar.
  • Film screening of Apache 8 and Q&A with firefighter Katy Aday. Apache 8 tells the story of an all-women wildland firefighter crew from the White Mountain Apache Tribe who have been fighting fires in Arizona and throughout the U.S. for over 30 years. Apache 8 premiered at the prestigious Smithsonian Native American Film + Video Festival in 2011. The screening will include a Q&A with Apache firefighter Katy Aday, who is featured in the film.
  • Modern Navajo cuisine with Chef Harrison Watchman. Chef Harrison combines indigenous cuisine with modern cooking techniques to create healthy, new interpretations of traditional foods. Visitors will be able to sample his culinary creations and learn about his work reintegrating wild foods into Navajo food culture.
  • Art demonstrations and sale. American Indian artists from Arizona will demonstrate artwork techniques and offer beautiful pieces for sale.
  • Hands-on arts and crafts for kids. Kids will have fun making bag rattles, painting pictographs, beading bracelets, making clay pots and going on petroglyph scavenger hunts.
  • Guided hikes. Educators will lead tours of the largest concentration of Native American petroglyphs in Phoenix.

The Deer Valley Rock Art Center has the largest concentration of Native American petroglyphs in the Phoenix Valley. Visitors hike a quarter-mile trail to view over 1,500 petroglyphs made between 500 and 7,000 years ago. The museum aims to promote preservation of, connection to and respect for the site. We are a destination to learn about archaeology. The center is managed by ASU's School of Human Evolution and Social Change, home to one of the top archaeology programs in the country.

For more information
Website: Deer Valley Rock Art Center
Phone: 623-582-8007

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