Heritage Festival 2024

June 22 – 23, 2024

10 am-4 pm each day

Celebrate art, culture, and community! Connect with the people of the Colorado Plateau at this vibrant gathering held on the forested grounds of the Museum of Northern Arizona. The Museum’s premier festival features Native American artists, dancers, musicians, demonstrators, and cultural experts. Buy direct from artists while enjoying the sounds and traditions of the region. The festival features Acoma, Apache, Diné (Navajo), Havasupai, Hopi, Hualapai, Pai, Ute, Yavapai, and Zuni artists and traditions. Adults and children alike will delight in hands-on activities and experiences. Your festival ticket also grants entrance to the Museum, a celebrated gateway to understanding the Colorado Plateau.

Schedule and Details

Schedule of Events

Friday, June 21 

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.: Members Event – reception with juried art competition award-winning artists; musical performance by Aaron White 

Saturday, June 22 

10:00 a.m.: Aaron White Reed Flute-Making Workshop – Registration Required (tickets)

10:15 a.m.: Living Traditions Hoop Dancers 

11:00 a.m.: Mouse Goes to War Puppet Show 

11:30 a.m.: Ramson Lomatewama and Eve Ann Lomawaima – Hopitutuqaiki Language Revitalization: Learn about efforts to preserve the Hopi language and grow the number of fluent speakers.

12:30 p.m.: Tha ‘Yoties 

1:00 p.m.: Aaron White Reed Flute-Making Workshop – Registration Required (tickets)

1:45 p.m.: Nanibaa Beck Talk – Beyond the Kitsch: The Pervasive Spirit of our Indigenous Creative Community 

3:00 p.m.: Diné Pollen Trail Dancers 

Sunday, June 23 

10:00 a.m.: Aaron White Reed Flute-Making Workshop – Registration Required (tickets)

10:15 a.m.: Diné Pollen Trail Dancers 

11:00 a.m.: Goat in the Rug Puppet Show 

11:30 a.m.: Yavapai-Apache Nation Archaeologist Chris Coder Conquest and Transition: The Yavapai-Apache Nation 1871-1948

12:30 p.m.: Youth Hoop Dance Lesson with Diné Pollen Trail Dancers 

12:30 p.m.: Albert Chase – Culture Circle

1:45 p.m.: Hosava Kretzmann Talk – Running for Survival 

3:00 p.m.: Tha ‘Yoties 

River Reed Flutemaking Workshops with Aaron White

Work alongside award-winning flute maker Aaron White (Northern Ute/Diné) in the museum’s courtyard to create a reed flute and learn about  traditional Native flute music. Each registrant will take home their own unique, tuned flute. These workshops have a $45 fee that is in addition to the festival entry.

To purchase tickets, click the workshop time you prefer: June 22 @ 10:00 am12:00 pm / 

 

Family Fun

With puppet shows to watch, crafts to make, and traditional games to play, the Heritage Festival is just as fun for kids as it is for adults.

Members Preview

MNA members get premiere access to the Juried Art Competition Winning Artists Meet and Greet on Friday, June 21 from 4:30 – 6:00. Members also get early entry to the festival and art market on Saturday, June 22 at 9:00 a.m. (one hour before general admission).

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Getting to the Festival

There are many ways to come to the Heritage Festival. If you choose to drive, free public parking is available at the museum, with additional parking at Coconino Center for the Arts (less than a mile from the museum).

Multiple shuttles will run regularly between the festival entry and the parking areas. If you live within an easy walk or bike ride from Coconino Center for the Arts, consider just leaving the car behind and taking the shuttle.

The Mountain Line bus route 5 also stops at the festival entry.