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Festival of Native American Culture

Sedona has a new event that is gaining attention and we can’t wait for it to kick off next week. The Verde Valley Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society announced the final scheduled of its first annual Festival of Native American Culture to be held from June 5 through 13, 2009.

In association with the Sedona International Film Festival, activities begin with a Native American Film Festival featuring documentaries, fiction and music videos by Native American filmmakers.

A Native American Invitational Art Show will be held on June 6 and 7 at the Tequa Plaza in The Village (VOC) with Native American musicians and dancers. This invitational show features several Native American artists who exhibit each year at the Heard Museum Indian Market. These include Gerry Quotskuyva (Hopi Katsina carver), Black Eagle (Shoshone tribal arts), Duane Tawahongva (Hopi jeweler), Carolyn Concho (Acoma Pueblo potter), Evelyn Fredericks (Hopi sculptor), Melissa Melero (Paiute painter), Mark Stevens (Laguna Pueblo jeweler), Duane Maktima (Hopi/Laguna jeweler) and Vincent Kaydahzinne (Mescalero Apache sculptor).

The Festival ends with a Celebration of Native American Music and Dance. On Friday, June 12 at 7:00 pm, Canyon Records recording artist Gabriel Ayala will perform in concert at St. John Vianney Church, Sedona. Tickets are $20. Gabriel Ayala is a member of the Yaqui people of southern Arizona. He performs regularly throughout the United States and has appeared at the Kennedy Center for the Arts and the Smithsonian National Museum for the American Indian. His is a versatile program of traditional stories and singing with the intermixing of Classical, Tango, Flamenco and Contemporary guitar. His first CD, Gabriel Ayala, was nominated for a Native American Music Award for Best Independent Recording.

It’s sure to be an educational experience for everyone that visits. We can’t wait to experience the rich history, culture and art during this event that is soon to become a signature event of Sedona and the Verde Valley. Get your tickets today at www.festivalofnativeamericanculture.org.

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