Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture in Northern Arizona

Museum of Northern Arizona

27th Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture

May 27th – 28th, 2017

If you are going to be visiting Sedona, Arizona over Memorial Day weekend and are interested in learning more about the history, art and culture of the Zuni people you will not want to miss the 27 Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture at the Museum of Northern Arizona!

This event is created in partnership with the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center in Zuni, New Mexico. The Ashiwi, or Zuni people, travel to Flagstaff from Zuni to share the Zuni language, life ways, traditional music, and dances. Zuni, New Mexico, is an integral part of the cultural landscape of the Colorado Plateau. 

Share in the artistry and cultural traditions of the Zuni artists. Buy traditional and contemporary art, enjoy insightful lectures and documentaries, and delight in musical and dance performances by the Zuni Pueblo Band, Zuni Olla Maidens, and the Nawetsa Family Dancers.

Mainstage Schedule (subject to change)


Saturday, May 27th

  • 9:00 am: Opening Ceremony with Fernando Cellicion
  • 10:00 am: Cellicion Zuni Dancers
  • 11:15 am: Zuni Olla Maidens
  • 12:30 pm: I*Conscious
  • 1:45 pm: Zuni Olla Maidens
  • 3:00 pm: Cellicion Zuni Dancers

Sunday, May 28th

  • 10:00 am: Zuni Olla Maidens
  • 11:15 am: Cellicion Zuni Dancers
  • 12:30 pm: I*Consious
  • 1:45 pm: Cellicion Zuni Dancers
  • 3:00 pm: Zuni Olla Maidens
  • 4:30 pm: Closing Ceremony with Fernando Cellicion

Heritage Insights Lecture Series – Supported by the Arizona Humanities

  • 10:30 am: Emergence & Migration
    Journey with the A:shiwi (Zuni) from the Grand Canyon to “the middle place.”
  • 11:45 am: Zuni Ancestral Foods-Ali’kwi:we (Saturday only)
    Learn more about the process of making parched corn. Tasting to follow.
  • 11:45 am: Zuni Ancestral Foods-Ko’la Ma’chabe (Sunday only)
    Learn more about the process of making chili pudding. Tasting to follow.
  • 1:00 pm: A Zuni Artist Looks at Frank Hamilton Cushing
    A discussion of political cartoons by Zuni artist Phil Hughte in response to Anglo perceptions of Zuni culture.
  • 2:15 pm: The Zuni
    A cultural interpretation of 35 mm film shorts produced in 1923 by Owen Catell.
  • 3:30 pm: Stick Racers, an Olympian & Cross Country Champions (Saturday Only)
    A history of running at Zuni Pueblo including messaging, stick races, and one Zuni’s experience at the 1920 Olympics.

The Museum is located only 55 minutes from our Sedona hotel (see map below), in Flagstaff, Arizona. The Zuni Festival is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm both days. Museum admission: $12.00 Adult (18+), $8.00 Youth (10-17), Student (with ID), American Indian (with tribal affiliation), and Children under 10 are Free. For more information on this event please visit the Museum of Northern Arizona website or visit the Museum of Northern Arizona on Facebook.

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