69th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts & Culture

August 4 & 5, 2018
Buy traditional and contemporary art and enjoy artist demonstrations, authentic food, musical performances, insightful heritage programs, and the pageantry of hoop and social dances.

2018 Festival Information

Member Preview: Friday, August 3, 2018, 6-8 pm
Festival: Saturday & Sunday, August 4 & 5, 2018, 9 am-5 pm

Spend your weekend in the cool pines and immerse yourself in the artistry and cultural traditions of more than 80 award-winning Navajo artists. Buy traditional and contemporary art and enjoy artist demonstrations, authentic food, insightful heritage programs, and a variety of Navajo performances.

Weekend Pass: $18 adult, $12 youth/student/American Indian
Daily Admission: $12 adult; $8 youth (10-17), student (w/ ID) & American Indian (w/ tribal card)
Free for Museum members & children under 10

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Mainstage Performances

10:00 am Dine Tah 
A Navajo Dance Group. (More details to come) 

11:30 am Callie Bennett 
Singing before she was able to speak words, Callie Bennett, was adopted at 4 months old from Seoul, South Korea and was raised both on and off the Navajo Reservation. Immediately, her mother noticed her gifting, and at a very young age Callie began to develop a heart and passion not only for singing, but for all musical arts.  

Today, Callie is based out of the Navajo Nation, and her music is inspired by her family and by her inherited Navajo/Diné Native American culture. Not only have the Navajo/Diné People adopted and embraced her, but she has embraced the People and their Navajo/Diné heritage as her own. 

1:00 pm The Platero's
Levi Platero id form the Navajo Nation.  With his family band “The Plateros”, he emerged on the music scene in 2004 as a blues power rock trio that has been compared to the likes of Stevie Ray Vaughan, Los Lonely Boys, and ZZ Top.  

Listen

2:30 pm  Callie Bennett 

4:30 pm (Sunday Only) The Platero's

Heritage Insights Lecture Series
Supported by Arizona Humanities

Saturday
10:45 am Native Feminisms: Navajo Women's Leadership Past and Present with Dr. Jennifer Denetdale 

Dr. Jennifer Denetdale will describe the historical and cultural significance of women in the Navajo society and explain the significance of the feminist movement within a matrilineal culture. Using lecture and visual aid, Denetdale will foster understanding of the legacy of Navajo feminisms and the importance of empowering indigenous women. 

12:15 pm The Painted Desert Project with Chip Thomas 
The Painted Desert Project is a community building effort, begun by African-American physician and documentary photographer Chip Thomas (also known as Jetsonorama) which manifests as a constellation of murals across the western Navajo Nation, painted by artists from all over the world. The works—large-scale paintings and photographs adorning roadside structures—address contemporary social, environmental, and political justice issues deeply impacting the Navajo Nation. In part two of this presentation, Thomas will look at how the Painted Desert Project has evolved, its ongoing dialog with the Navajo people, and its future. 

1:45 pm Finding Hozho Through Love and Land with Jaclyn Roessel  
Navajo poet and educator Jaclyn Roessel presents a dynamic journey of sharing stories in connection with identity and place. Through visual storytelling techniques, Roessel will engage visitors in methods of collage, collaboration and conversation in this two-part presentation. 

3:15 pm Shawn Price 
Will be discussing the Treaty of 1868 between the United States and the Navajo Nation. (More details to come) 

 

Sunday
12:15pm The Painted Desert Project with Chip Thomas

The Painted Desert Project is a community building effort, begun by African-American physician and documentary photographer Chip Thomas (also known as Jetsonorama) which manifests as a constellation of murals across the western Navajo Nation, painted by artists from all over the world. The works—large-scale paintings and photographs adorning roadside structures—address contemporary social, environmental, and political justice issues deeply impacting the Navajo Nation. In part two of this presentation, Thomas will look at how the Painted Desert Project has evolved, its ongoing dialog with the Navajo people, and its future. 

1:45 pm Finding Hozho Through Love and Land with Jaclyn Roessel
Navajo poet and educator Jaclyn Roessel presents a dynamic journey of sharing stories in connection with identity and place. Through visual storytelling techniques, Roessel will engage visitors in methods of collage, collaboration and conversation in this two-part presentation. 

3:15 pm Native Feminisms: Navajo Women's Leadership Past and Present with Jennifer Denetdale  
Dr. Jennifer Denetdale will describe the historical and cultural significance of women in the Navajo society and explain the significance of the feminist movement within a matrilineal culture. Using lecture and visual aid, Denetdale will foster understanding of the legacy of Navajo feminisms and the importance of empowering indigenous women. 

Food Vendors
Archuleta's
Patsy Renteria
Grandma's Navajo Fry Bread

Participating Artists

Aaron White (Flutes) 

Abraham Begay (Jewelry)   

Al Bahe (Painting)   

Albert Nells (Jewelry)   

Albert Nells (Jewelry)   

Alberta Nells (Textiles) 

Alvin Marshall (Sculpture) 

Amelia Joe-chandler (Jewelry)   

Andy Marion (Jewelry)   

Arnold Goodluck (Jewelry)   

Bahe Whitethorne  (Painting/Sculpture/Author) 

Ben Begay (Jewelry)   

Beverly Blacksheep (Painting/Prints)  

Cameron Santiago Olivas (Stuffed Animals) 

Corey Begay (Painting) 

Don Whitsinger (Painting)

E. (Elizabeth) Whitethorne-Benally(Painting) 

Edith Simonson (Wool Demo) 

Eunice Bennett (Jewelry)   

Evelyn Begay (Jewelry/Textiles) 

Evelyn Chee (Jewelry)   

Frank Chee (Jewelry)    

Georgia Kieyoomia (Jewelry)   

Harold Stevens Jr.  (Jewelry)   

Harry Benally (Jewelry/Carving) 

Jeremy Singer (Painting) 

Jimmie Harrison (Jewelry)    

Jimmy Nelson (Jewlery/Beadwork) 

Johnson Yazzie (Painting) 

Julius  Keyonnie (Jewelry)   

Karlene Goodluck  (Jewelry)   

Laura Shurley-Olivas (Fashion) 

Lorraine Herder (Wool Demo) 

Marlene Walters (Beadwork) 

Mary Tom (Jewelry)   

Mary Nells (Textiles)  

Michelle Silver (Textiles) 

Michelle Sisneros  (Painting)  

Mona Laughing (Weavings) 

Nelson Begay (Jewelry)   

Pat Yellowhorse (Jewelry)   

Peterson Yazzie (Painting/Sculpture) 

Priscilla tacheney (Photography) 

Rafina Canyon (Jewelry)   

Ramah Navajo Weavers Associations (Weaving) 

Randall Wilson (Fine Art) 

reginald mitchell (Jewelry)   

Rena Charles (Jewelry)   

Roy Walters Jr (Sculptures) 

Sidney Nez (Jewelry)   

Sylvia C. Begaye (Dolls) 

Timm Lewis (Jewelry)   

Toney Mitchell (Jewelry)   

Tracy Tohannie (Fine Art) 

Vernon Begaye (Jewelry)   

Virgil Nez (Painting)  

Vivan Descheny (Weaving) 

Wendell Sakiestewa (Fashion)