Native American Culture Come To Carefree

Native AmericanArt, hoop dancers and more

By Curtis Riggs ~ A three-day Indian cultural festival is coming to the Town of Carefree  January 25-27, with award-winning Native American art, music and dance as Magic Bird Festivals present the Second Annual Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival. Set in the Carefree Gardens, the festival will feature live hoop dancing, fancy dancing and musical performances, along with Native American arts and crafts made by tribal member artisans from throughout the country from 9am-5pm daily.

World renowned hoop dancer Moontee Singuah will bring his Hopi-Tewa style of dancing to downtown when he participates in Festival. “There are many things that allow us to be here,” Singuah says. “I dance in appreciation of that.”

Singuah will perform a healing dance at the three-day festival. He represents different forms of nature with his hoops such as the Earth, the sun and the moon. Champion hoop dancer Brian Hammill will also perform at the Festival, which will include Native American art, culture traditions. All exhibitors at the Festival are recognized under the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 to ensure authenticity, quality and collectability, says Magic Bird’s founder Roberta Toombs. Tribes from throughout the country will be represented at the juried exhibit and sale, which features arts and crafts including jewelry, pottery, baskets, carved stone fetishes, woven rugs, paintings, sculpture, bead work, Kachina dolls, clothing, drums, flutes and more. Events and entertainment will be made possible with the support of Sanderson Lincoln on Bell Road. Admission to the event is free to the public.  For more information, visit www.magicbirdfestivals.com.  |CST

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