28th Annual Zuni Festival of Arts & Culture

May 26 & 27, 2018
Share in the artistry and cultural traditions of more than 50 Zuni artists. Buy traditional and contemporary art, enjoy insightful lectures, and delight in musical and dance performances.

2018 Festival Information

Join the Museum for a fun-filled celebration of Zuni art and culture. Purchase traditional and contemporary art, enjoy engaging lectures and documentaries, and delight in musical and dance performances by the Zuni Olla Maidens, White Eagle Dance Group, and the Fontenelle Family Dancers.

In partnership with the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center.

Member Preview: Friday, May 25, 2018, 6-8 pm
Festival: Saturday & Sunday, May 26 & 27, 2018, 9 am-5 pm

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

Food Vendors: Arizona Roasting Company & Good Times Rolling

Mainstage Schedule (subject to change)

Saturday, May 27
10 am:
Olla Maidens
11:15 am: White Eagle Dance Group
12:30 pm: Fontenelle Family Dancers
1:45 pm: White Eagle Dance Group
3 pm: Olla Maidens

Sunday, May 28
10 am: Zuni Olla Maidens
11:15 am: Fontenelle Family Dancers
12:30 pm: White Eagle Dance Group
1:45 pm: Fontenelle Family Dancers
3 pm: Olla Maidens

 

Heritage Insights Lecture Series (Saturday & Sunday)
Supported by the Arizona Humanities

Saturday
10:30 am: Zuni Ancestral Foods with Elroy Natachu
Artist and cultural consultant Elroy Natachu will discuss the importance of oral history in the cultural preservation of traditional Zuni recipes and will share a few recipes enjoyed by generations of Zuni in this two-part series. Natachu will discuss the process of making blue corn pancakes and chili pudding bread- Ko'la Ma'chabe. A food tasting will conclude each presentation. This program will also examine how ancestral foods, recipes, and cooking techniques have changed over time due to the introduction of livestock, vegetables, fruits, and grains by the Spaniards and other Anglo populations.

11:45 am: Zuni Women I with Jim Enote
As a matrilineal society, women are integral to the Zuni historical narrative. In this lecture, Executive Director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in Zuni, New Mexico Jim Enote will describe the historic and contemporary role of women in Zuni society.

1 pm: Zuni Weaving with Aric Chopito
Award-winning weaver Aric Chopito will discuss the traditional weavings he has recreated in recent years that are now housed in MNA’s Collections. This two-part presentation will foster understanding for Chopito’s process including harvesting over 40 rabbit pelts and feathers from over a dozen turkeys and the special method he used to weave these unique materials into traditional masterpieces.

2:15 pm: Women and Traditional Dance with Juanita Edaakie
Juanita Edaakie, Zuni tribal member and leader/narrator of the Zuni Olla Maidens dance group, will discuss the history and significance of the songs and dances performed by the Olla Maidens. Edaakie will decode the traditional dances performed by the Olla Maidens and explain how the group uses song, dance and regalia to advocate for women. This two-part lecture will foster understanding and appreciation of the time honored tradition of Olla dancing and the important role of women within Zuni society.

3:30 pm: Native Peoples of the Colorado Plateau Collaboration with Jim Enote
In the spring of 2018, the MNA opened its new Native Peoples Exhibit. With the help of 42 Native cultural consultants, the exhibition tells the story of Native ethnology from an entirely native perspective. In this lecture, Enote will lead a discussion on his experience in the cultural collaboration between Zuni and MNA in preparation for installation the exhibit.

Sunday

10:30 am: Zuni Women II with Jim Enote
As a matrilineal society, women are integral to the Zuni historical narrative. In this lecture, Executive Director of the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in Zuni, New Mexico Jim Enote will describe the historic and contemporary role of women in Zuni society.

11:45 am: Zuni Ancestral Foods with Elroy Natachu
Artist and cultural consultant Elroy Natachu will discuss the importance of oral history in the cultural preservation of traditional Zuni recipes and will share a few recipes enjoyed by generations of Zuni in this two-part series. Natachu will discuss the process of making blue corn pancakes and chili pudding bread- Ko'la Ma'chabe. A food tasting will conclude each presentation. This program will also examine how ancestral foods, recipes, and cooking techniques have changed over time due to the introduction of livestock, vegetables, fruits, and grains by the Spaniards and other Anglo populations.

1 pm: Zuni Weaving with Aric Chopito
Award-winning weaver Aric Chopito will discuss the traditional weavings he has recreated in recent years that are now housed in MNA’s Collections. This two-part presentation will foster understanding for Chopito’s process including harvesting over 40 rabbit pelts and feathers from over a dozen turkeys and the special method he used to weave these unique materials into traditional masterpieces.

2:15 pm: Women and Dance with Juanita Edaakie
Juanita Edaakie, Zuni tribal member and leader/narrator of the Zuni Olla Maidens dance group, will discuss the history and significance of the songs and dances performed by the Olla Maidens. Edaakie will decode the traditional dances performed by the Olla Maidens and explain how the group uses song, dance and regalia to advocate for women. This two-part lecture will foster understanding and appreciation of the time honored tradition of Olla dancing and the important role of women within Zuni society.

3:30 pm: Native Peoples of the Colorado Plateau Collaboration with Dr. Kelley Hays-Gilpin and Dr. Robert Breunig
As curators of the new Native People Gallery, Dr’s Kelley Hays-Gilpin and Robert Breunig will relate their experiences with the Zuni cultural consultants and summarize how their unique consultation process helped in achieving the goals of this exciting new exhibition.

 

Activities for Kids

Puppet show: 10:45 am and 1:15 pm daily

Participating Artists

Aric Chopito (Textiles)

Andrew Chopito (Textiles)

Aiden Chopito (Textiles)

Phyllis Coonsis (Jewelry)

Timothy Edaakie (Pottery/Jewelry)

M Dale Edaakie (Jewelry)

Keith Edaakie (Fine Art)

Brandis Edaakie (Fine Art)

Raylan Edaakie (Jewelry)

Patty Edaakie (Jewelry)

Jesse Johnson (Jewelry)

Lawrence Laate (Jewelry)

Carlos Laate (Pottery)

Pamela Lasiloo (Jewelry)

Christie Latone (Jewelry)

Darla Lonasee (Pottery)

Patricia Lonasee (Jewelry)

Reynold Lunasee (Carvings)

 

Cameron Nastacio (Fetish Carvings)

Matthew Neha (Fine Art)

Anderson Jamie Peynetsa (Pottery)

Marchelle Qualo (Jewelry)

Lynn Quam (Carvings)

Eldred Quam (Carvings)

Marilyn Quam (Carvings)

Georgette Quam Lunasee (Carvings)

Mallery Quetawki (Fine Art)

Charlotte Seoutewa (Jewelry)

Eldrick Seoutewa (Jewelry)

Roxanne Seoutewa (Jewelry)

Margia Simplicio (Folk Art)

Lena Tsethlikia (Jewelry)

Todd Westika (Fetish Carvings)

Shelby Westika (Fine Art)

Gaylon Westika (Pottery)