Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Arizona's Largest Indian Market Begins Second 50 Years with New Attractions, Old Favorites

From a Heard Museum Press Release:

Heard Museum's Signature Event Expected to Draw Nearly 20,000 Visitors and More Than 700 Artists for Weekend of Artistry, Culture and Fun

WHAT: 51st Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair and Market: "Where Art Meets Entertainment”

One of Arizona's most significant cultural events, the Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market isn't about to slow down as it enters its second half-century. Beginning life as a small community event, the Fair has matured into a world-acclaimed festival that draws nearly 20,000 visitors and more than 700 of the nation's most outstanding and successful American Indian artists. Among the guests are thousands of collectors from across the country who arrive early to be the first to purchase one-of-a-kind artwork like jewelry, pottery, baskets, katsina dolls, textiles, fine art and more.

But there's far more to the Fair than just the nation's very best American Indian art! In fact, the Fair is the perfect place for families wishing to enjoy a cultural and inexpensive weekend of music, entertainment and food. Festival lovers can enjoy an array of American Indian music and dance performances in the museum's outdoor amphitheatre throughout the weekend. A variety of foods including American Indian favorites like fry bread, posole stew, piki bread and Hopi stew as well as Mexican and American fare tempt the tastebuds. There's even gelato available to satisfy sweet tooths.

New entertainment and attractions highlight the 51st Fair

The Indian Fair & Market will feature new American Indian and indigenous entertainers, some of whom have not visited Phoenix for many years. The Guild's Web site, heardguild.org, is your one-stop source for information about the entertainers as they are confirmed.

In addition to exciting new performers, expect to see some old favorites such as the Apache Ga'an (Crown Dancers), Hopi/Choctaw dance sensation Derrick Suwaima Davis and singer Stephen Alvarez, Mescalero Apache/Yaqui/Upper Tanana Athabascan.

Signature Artist Nora Naranjo-Morse

Acclaimed Santa Clara Pueblo artist, poet and filmmaker Nora Naranjo-Morse is this year's signature artist. Naranjo-Morse's career has taken her into the realms of pottery, sculpture, poetry and film. Meet Naranjo-Morse and other winners of the Heard's juried art competition at the Best of Show Reception on Friday, March 6 (more information below).

NEW ATTRACTION – "Hopi: The Matriarchy”

During the Fair, visit the Pritzlaff Courtyard for a special celebration of Hopi culture. Revered Hopi women artists will be honored in conjunction with Women's History Month. Also, learn more about Hopi communities with special exhibitions by Hopi artists and tribal members, and enjoy visiting a replica of a trading post.

WHEN: Saturday and Sunday, March 7 & 8, 2009, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

(A Best of Show Reception will be held Friday, March 6 at 5:30 p.m. Visitors can preview the winning artwork, meet the artists and enjoy a catered dinner. A special cultural performance will highlight the evening.)

WHERE: Heard Museum, 2301 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Ariz.

COST: Single-day admission: Adults and American Indians $15; Children under 16 FREE; Students with ID $5; 2-Day Passes available. Best of Show: $75 Heard Museum members, $100 non-members. Tickets go on sale January 5, 2009. Best of Show tickets sell out fast.

Heard Museum members also can get in the fun early during exclusive Early Bird Shopping starting at 8:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 7. Not a member? Join today, 602.251.0261 or heard.org. All admission prices include the festival and the museum.

INFO: To obtain current information, please visit heardguild.org or call 602.252.8848.

"Yuppie Yazzies,” 1986, Nora Naranjo-Morse, Santa Clara Pueblo. Naranjo-Morse is this year's signature artist at the 51st Annual Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market. Private collection. Photo courtesy of the artist.

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