Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture in Northern Arizona

Museum of Northern Arizona
79th Annual Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture
June 30th – July 1st, 2012


If you are going to be visiting us in Sedona, Arizona this coming weekend, June 30th – July 1st, 2012, we highly recommend taking a day trip up to the Museum of Northern Arizona for the 79th Annual Hopi Festival of Arts & Culture.

Once again the big tent in the cool pines is going up at the Museum of Northern Arizona and Hopi people are making plans to travel to Flagstaff for the 79th Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture, the oldest Hopi show in the world. Starting the Fourth of July celebration early on Saturday and Sunday, June 30th and July 1st, there will be music, dances, insight programs, and food, bringing visitors together with Hopi artists and presenters. To see the full schedule of events for this festival click here.

“In addition to the 80 booth artists, Museum staffers have made several trips to collect one-of-a-kind consigned works from individual artists across the Hopi Mesas,” said Heritage Program Manager Anne Doyle. “Collecting trips have always been an important part of the Hopi festivals, allowing artists who produce only a few items per year a chance to sell their work. Hundreds of distinctive art pieces including quilts, rattles, pottery, katsina dolls, paintings, and baskets will be on display and for sale in the consignment area.”

 “I am also thrilled to announce, that with special funding, we have been able to increase our awards and award categories for katsina doll carvers this year,” adds Doyle. “There will be a new Best of Class award for $1500 and awards for traditional, contemporary, and sculptural katsina doll carving.”

Museum Director Dr. Robert Breunig said, “I’m excited that along with the festival we will be presenting an exhibit of the work of two historic photographers, Kate Cory and Emry Kopta, from the MNA Archives. These photographs provide compelling images of everyday life at Hopi in the “centennial era,” approximately one hundred years ago. Kate Cory lived on the Hopi Mesas from 1905 to 1912 and documented through photography many aspects of daily life. Emry Kopta, a sculptor, came to Hopi soon after Cory, staying at First Mesa between 1912 and 1925. He, too, took many fascinating pictures of life at Hopi. Selections from the works of both of these photographers will be displayed at the festival in honor of the Arizona Centennial.” Read More

 The Museum of Northern Arizona is about a 50 minute drive from the Inn of Sedona, making it perfect for a day trip (see below for directions). Festival and regular Museum admission is $10 adults, $9 seniors (65+), $7 students with student ID, $6 American Indians (10+), and $6 youths (10–17). For more information on the 79th Annual Hopi Festival of Arts and Culture please visit the Museum of Northern Arizona.

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