The magnificent beauty of Sedona is showcased every year at the Festival of Native American Culture. Sun drenched mountains give way to intense sunsets while you breathe in all that Sedona has to offer, and a cultural feast can be yours when you visit this high desert oasis. Oak Creek Canyon gives way to an untouched wilderness that inspires peace and tranquility. Travel along the path of the Native Americans of Arizona when you enjoy the Festival of Native American Culture.
The 2009 event will be held from June 5th through the 13th. A full week of Native American traditions, including music and dance, will enthrall visitors. If you would like to take a piece of history home with you there will be an Arts and Craft festival in conjunction with the rest of the festivities.
The festival will be presented by the Verde Valley Chapter of the Arizona Archaeological Society. There are many Native American cultural sites within Sedona and the surrounding Verde Valley. Any profits from the festival will go toward the preservation and expansion of the knowledge of Native Americans. This will serve to protect for future generations the beliefs and rituals of the Southwest Indians.
You will want to include more than one night at the Native American Film Festival. There are many venues that will be showing films that have been produced by Native Americans or are about them. They will show some of the earliest films ever made as well as modern independent films. The gamut will run from short stories, animated film and music video. The locations that showcase these extraordinary films are historic and beautiful in their own right.
The first night will bring you to the City Square of Clarkdale. The Memorial Clubhouse Auditorium leads off with a Storytellers Project from the Yavapai-Apache Nation. Some of the times have yet to be set, but seven p.m. is the time for two of the evening’s performances. The Radisson Poco Diablo Resort is offering dinner along with their movie. Whatever you decide to enjoy at the film festival will be time well spent.
Hauntingly beautiful Native American music will be performed by some of the most well known artists. David Wolf’s Robe educates and captivates us with his Native American flute music at the Well Red Coyote Bookstore on June 8th at 7:00 pm.
Thrill to the colorful presentation of the Yellow Bird Indian Dancers while they interpret the Hoop Dance and Apache Rainbow Dance. Many other traditional dances from the Apache, Southwest and Northern Plains Indians will be explored for your pleasure.
Look forward to hearing unique Aaron White, a Native American that has given us a multitude of music for seventeen years. He blends acoustic guitar with the Native American flute. He was a nominee for a Grammy in 2003, with his collaborative with Burning Sky on a CD entitled Spirits in the Wind. Aaron is a performer that has much to give his audience.
Start out your week with a trip to the Native American Invitational Art Show that will be held at Tequa Plaza in the Village of Oak Creek in Sedona. This is a two day affair on June 6th from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm and June7th from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. The art that will be on display will encompass many Native American tribes from the surrounding southwestern states.
Your life will be touched by many emotions when you spend a week in Sedona. Pairing the exquisite allure of the red rock plateaus with the Festival Native American Culture cannot be explained; it must be lived.