Navajo Festival of Arts & Culture

Museum of Northern Arizona

68th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts & Culture

August 5th – 6th, 2017

Spend your weekend in the cool pines and immerse yourself in the artistry and cultural traditions of more than 80 award-winning Navajo artists at the 68th Annual Navajo Festival of Arts and Culture taking place at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Buy traditional and contemporary art and enjoy artist demonstrations, authentic food, insightful heritage programs, and a variety of Navajo performances.

The museum is located in Flagstaff only 48 minutes from Sedona, AZ!  If you would like to stay at the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona during this event, take advantage of our “Summer in Sedona” lodging special and make your reservations soon. Rooms are filling up fast!

Mainstage Performances

  • 10:00 am  Pollen Trail Dancers
    These talented troupe performs authentic dances traditionally featured at powwows.
  • 11:30 am  Sweethearts of Navajo
    The Sweethearts of Navajoland have been creating music inspired by their love of Navajo culture for over 33 years.
  • 1:00 pm  Jones Benally Family
    Guided by world-champion hoop dancer and Arizona Living Legend Jones Benally, this family has entertained audiences worldwide with a repertoire of over two dozen Navajo and Inter-Tribal dances.
  • 2:30 pm  Blackkiss
    Blackkiss was founded by Pete Sands, who grew up listening to Johnny Cash, Waylon Jennings, and Willie Nelson while also learning the music of his culture.
  • 3:30 pm  Pollen Trail Dancers

Heritage Insights Lecture Series
Supported by Arizona Humanities

Saturday
10:45 am  Aaron White
12:15 pm The Long Walk of the Navajo People, 1864-1868 with Dr. Evangeline Parsons Yazzie
2:00 pm  Film Screening: Art of the People
3:00 pm  Traditional Navajo Weaving with Marilou Shultz

Sunday
10:45 am  Aaron White
12:15 pm Boarded Up: Social and Historical Interpretations of the American Indian Boarding School Era with Dr. Evangeline Parsons Yazzie
2:00 pm  Film Screening: Art of the People
3:00 pm  Traditional Navajo Weaving with Marilou Shultz

This Heritage Festival takes place August 5th and 6th, 2017 (9:00 am – 5:00 pm). Admission for this event: $12 adult, $8 student (w/ ID), American Indian (10+), youth (10-17), children under 10 free. Weekend Pass: $18 adult, $12 youth/student/American Indian. For more information on the Navajo Festival of Arts & Culture please visit the Museum of Northern Arizona.

Directions from the Best Western Plus Inn of Sedona to the Museum of Northern Arizona

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