I learned while attending last week’s Arizona Library Association conference at South Mountain Community Library that the Circle of Nations Club at SMCC will be celebrating “Native American Heritage Week” Nov. 13-15 — which inspired me to go in search of other opportunities to explore Native American arts and culture.
Turns out you can enjoy a “Veterans Day Gourd Dance” today through 4pm at the Pueblo Grande Museum and a “Native American Connections 40th Anniversary Celebration” from 10am-4pm on Tuesday, Nov. 20th at Indian Steele Park’s Memorial Hall. Both are located in Phoenix.
Scottsdale Community College Performing Arts presents a Native American Heritage Exhibition called “The Business of Contemporary Indigenous Art” through Dec. 6 — featuring a reception taking place from 5-7pm on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
ASU’s Deer Valley Rock Art Center, which is home to the largest collection of Native American petroglyphs in the Valley, celebrates Native American Recognition Days with a “Native American Heritage Festival” Saturday, Nov. 17 from 10am-3pm. The festival features a screening of the film “Apache 8,” music by Gertie Lopez and the T.O. Boyz, modern Navajo cuisine by Chef Harrison Watchman, art demonstrations, guided hikes, and arts and crafts for children.
The Phoenix Art Museum presents a film titled “Smoke Signals,” which seeks to “demythologize the American Indian” at 1pm on Sunday, Nov. 18. The “Native Eyes Film Showcase” comes to The Loft Cinema in Tucson Saturday, Dec. 1 at 6pm. Arizona State Museum at UA in Tucson often presents exhibits and events celebrating Native American cultures.
The Heard Museum presents “Native Words, Native Warriors” — a traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibit focused on the role Native languages played in 20th century U.S. military efforts — through Sunday, March 3. It’s complemented by art and artifacts, plus an exhibit titled “Navajo Code Talkers: Photographs by Kenji Kawano.
Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts presents the “Native Trails” series including Native American music, dance, arts and culture 15 days from January to April 2013. They’ve designated Thursday, Jan. 17, 2013 as a special day for veterans. Their “OrigiNation” festival featuring native cultures of Arizona and India takes place April 7, 2013.
Explore additional offerings through the Phoenix Indian Center and Central Arizona Museum Association — plus your local libraries, colleges and historical societies. Learn more about Native American cultures online through the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of the American Indian.
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