Amerind Autumn Fest

Amerind Autumn Fest

Celebrating the history, culture, and arts of the Diné (Navajo).

Saturday, October 21, 2023

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

$10 per vehicle

Join Amerind at our annual Autumn Fest as we celebrate the history, culture, and arts of the Diné (Navajo).  Rich in tradition, history, and culture, Diné teachers, artists, singers and dancers will hold a day-long cultural celebration at the Amerind Museum in Dragoon, Arizona.

This year, Autumn Fest will feature performances by the rock band Sihasin, the Jones Benally Family Dance Troupe, and flutist Mary Redhouse, public talks about Diné culture from Diné scholars Wade Campbell, PhD and Poet Laura Tohe, PhD. and the event will also welcome various Native artists who will be showing and selling their art, youth activities and food.  This year Amerind announces the People’s Choice Artist Award, visitors will vote for their favorite artist, the top three winners will win a cash award.

Amerind is pleased to announce the Sihasin band, the Jones Benally Family Dance Troupe, and Mary Redhouse will play as part of The Angelo Joaquin Jr. Cultural Performance Series, with thanks to donor Ann Parker, PhD.

Autumn Fest is Saturday, October 21, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at the Amerind Museum in Dragoon, AZ. $10 per vehicle.

Amerind Autumn Fest

A member of the No:lik Traditional Singers and Dancers

Amerind Autumn Fest

Saturday, October 22, 2022

10:00 am – 4:00 pm

$10 per vehicle

Join Amerind at our annual Autumn Fest as we celebrate the history, culture, and arts of the O’odham community with artists, public talks, and performers. Rich in tradition, history, and culture, O’odham teachers, artists, singers, and dancers will hold a day-long cultural celebration at the Amerind Museum in Dragoon, Arizona.

This year, Autumn Fest will feature a performance by Keil Akimel Hua Modk Cudkdam (Gila River Basket Dancers), public talks about O’odham culture from scholars, and the event will also welcome Native artists who will have their pieces of art for sale. Amerind is pleased to announce the waila band Southern Scratch will play as part of the Angelo Joaquin Jr. Cultural Performance Series. Autumn Fest is Saturday, October 22, from 10:00 am until 4:00 pm at the Amerind Museum in Dragoon, AZ. $10 per vehicle.

Schedule of Events

10:15-11:15: Keil Akimel Hua Modk Cudkdam (Gila River Basket Dancers) performance (Outdoor performance area)

10:30-11:30: David Martinez, PhD lecture “The Origin of Our Extinction: The 1851 Yellow Fever Epidemic and the Hia Ced O’odham ” (Outdoor lecture area)

11:30-12:30: Southern Scratch musical performance (Outdoor performance area)

12:00-1:00: Bernard G. Siquieros lecture “T-A:ga (Our Story): An Introduction to the Culture and History of the Tohono O’odham” (Outdoor lecture area)

1:00-2:00: David Martinez, PhD lecture “The Origin of Our Extinction: The 1851 Yellow Fever Epidemic and the Hia Ced O’odham ” (Outdoor lecture area)

1:15-2:15: Keil Akimel Hua Modk Cudkdam (Gila River Basket Dancers) performance (Outdoor performance area)

2:15-3:15: Bernard G. Siquieros lecture “T-A:ga (Our Story): An Introduction to the Culture and History of the Tohono O’odham” (Outdoor lecture area)

2:30-3:30: Southern Scratch musical performance (Outdoor performance area)

Events and times subject to change

Artist Vendors

Maria Arvayo (Yoeme)—Sonoran Desert-themed paintings and prints

Beeshligaii iilneeh—Alex Beeshligaii (Diné)— Navajo contemporary and traditional silver jewelry

Ron Carlos (Pima and Maricopa)—Paddle and anvil pottery

Teresa Choyguha (Tohono O’odham), Kathleen Vance (Tohono O’odham and San Carlos Apache), and Harrison Preston—Utilitarian pottery, beaded necklaces, and more.

Dragonfly’s Trail – Troy Sice (A:shiwi) and Ray Tsalate (A:shiwi)—Sculptures, Zuni fetishes, and Zuni fetish jewelry

Greenstone Collection Pottery and Crafts (Diné)—Native-made horsehair pottery and silver jewelry

Randy Kemp (Choctaw and Euchee-Muscogee Creek), Raven Kemp (Choctaw, Euchee-Muscogee Creek, and Diné), and Rykelle Kemp (Choctaw, Euchee-Muscogee Creek, and Diné)—Paintings, original prints, stickers, engravings, and contemporary jewelry

Jessica Lomatewama (Hopi) and Caryl Lomatewama (Hopi)—Hopi Third Mesa basketry and propagation stands with Hopi designs

Doug Norton (Diné)—Native American flutes

Earl Patterson (Hopi)—Hopi Katchina figurines, gourd art, and earrings

Lisa Preston (Tohono O’odham)—Wire-wrapped jewelry

Gerry Quotskuyva (Hopi)—Katchina figurines, paintings, and prints

Shawn Ramon (O’odham)—Leather wallets, belts, cellphone cases, and horse tack

John Reno (Tohono O’odham) and Rulkel Reno (Tohono O’odham)—Sterling silver jewelry, canvas paintings, t-shirts, and wire baskets

Michelle Silver (Diné)—Navajo traditional and contemporary clothing

Native Silver Son—Tim Yazzie (San Felipe Pueblo)—Native American jewelry

Priscilla Tacheney (Diné)– Landscape and Native American portraiture

Teesyatoh Jewelry—Rosabelle Teesyatoh Shepherd (Diné), Arielle Tsinigine (Diné), and Sage Goldtooth (Diné)—Handcrafted traditional and contemporary Navajo jewelry in silver and copper, such as rings, bracelets, pendants, and earrings. Also jewelry in the native juniper berry seeds with a wide variety of natural minerals and shells.

Peterson Yazzie (Diné)—Paintings, sculpture, and wearable art

Food Vendors

Isabel’s South of the Border—Mexican food

Shirley Harvey—Tohono O’odham traditional food

Amerind Autumn Fest is Sponsored by

Sterling Investment Management

Arizona Historical Society

Desert Diamond Casinos

Arizona G&T Cooperatives

Angelo Joaquin Jr. Cultural Performance Series, supporting artist Southern Scratch with thanks to donor Ann Parker, PhD.