Native American Arts Fesitval

Featuring Two Dynamic Components:


June 18 – July 1: Engaging, hands-on learning opportunities are designed for adults of all levels of experience and knowledge. Working closely with master artists and cultural specialists, you will have the rare opportunity to learn traditional and contemporary Native American art forms and gain insight into the rich cultural foundation that inspires and motivates each artist.


June 24 – 30: Distinguished artists, scholars and cultural specialists will present exhibits, performances, demonstrations, films and the Michael Kabotie Lecture Series. Daily Native American food tastings mean there will be something to stimulate all your senses. The spirit of this annual event is to bring the scientific, intuitive and trickster voices together for a balanced and provocative learning experience. It is designed to enhance and add depth to the hands-on workshop experience.

All Festival events are open to the public.

Festival Week Events Open to the Public – June 24 – July 1

2018 Theme: Native American Art & Activism

The week features artists, scholars and tribal community members engaged in work to foster change and raise awareness about social and political issues of particular importance to indigenous people of the Americas.  Native food tastings daily by Chef Freddie Bitsoie, executive chef, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution.

2018 Theme and Schedule TBA


SUNDAY, June 25

9 am – 11 pm: Presentation: ACKIA, The Complete Epic. A 14-hour-long avant-garde performance art piece of a Homeric poem set in the Chickasaw War of 1736. (Lowman Concert Hall) Click here for more information.

MONDAY, June 26

7 pm: Gallery Talk: Curator America Meredith and Guest Artists Rory Wakemup and C. Maxx Stevens. (Parks Exhibition Center)

8 pm: Invitational Exhibition, Louder Than Words: Indigenous American Art and Activism

Opening Reception. Artists: Kelly Church (Odawa-Ojibwe); Carla Hemlock (Mohawk); Anna Hoover (Unangan); Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan-Arikara-Hidatsa-Lakota); Pamela J. Peters (Dine); Kevin Pourier (Oglala Lakota); C. Maxx Stevens (Seminole-Mvskoke); Rory Erler Wakemup (Bois Forte Anishinabe), Kathleen Wall (Jemez), curator: America Meredith

TUESDAY, June 27

12-1pm: Kabotie Lecture Series. Aldo Seoane, Wake Up: Standing Rock Is Everywhere. (Krone Library)


12-1pm: Kabotie Lecture Series, Marty Two Bulls Sr., political cartoonist. Native American Art and Politics in a Digital Age. (Krone Library)


12-1pm: Kabotie Lecture Series, Cara Romero, What is Indigeneity? Bioneers and Youth Engagement. (Krone Library)

7 pm: Film Night. (Krone Library)

FRIDAY, June 30

7 pm: Dance and Multimedia Event featuring Rulan Tangen & Dancing Earth, Frank Waln and the Sampson Bros, and guests.  Welcome by the Mt. Cahuilla Bird Singers. (IAF Theatre and Cargill Commons)

Thanks to our generous sponsors: San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Anonymous Foundation, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Chickasaw Nation, Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian, Nations (TASIN), The Soboba Foundation


Joe Baker (Delaware),
Director, Palos Verdes Art Center

Gerald Clarke, Jr. (Cahuilla), Artist, Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside

Heather Companiott, Program Director


Final Performance: Frank Waln & the Sampson Brothers; Dancing Earth & Rulan Tangen, Anne Pesata, Esme Vandraager, Justin Giehm, Ciera Budge; Tazbah Chavez; Deezbaa O’Hare Bill Madrigal and the Mt. Cahuilla Birdsingers
Exhibit: America Meredith, curator; C. Maxx Stevens, Rory Erler Wakemup, Kelly Church, Carla Hemlock, Anna Hoover, Cannupa Hanska Luger, Pamela H. Peters, Kevin Pourier, Kathleen Wall
Lecture Guests: Aldo Seoane, Marty Two Bulls, Cara Romero
ACKIA Performance: Kimberly Guerrero, Shyla Marlin, Ivan Wong, Lannie Hill, Danielle Sweet, Dave Cook
Chef: Freddie Bitsoie

Previous Festival Guests Include:
Pilar Agoyo
Dr. Lowell Bean
Nanobah Becker
Bert Benally
Max Benavides
Dr. Janet Berlo
Joanna Bigfeather
Black Eagle Singers
Dr. Tara Browner
Cahuilla Birdsingers
Gerald Clarke Jr.
Thosh Collins
Dustinn Craig
Dr. Patricia Crown
Dancing Earth/Rulan Tangen
Mike & Mique’l Dangeli
Deana Dartt
Brent Michael Davids
Kristen Dorsey
Eric Elliott
Phillip Espinoza
Chris Eyre
Gary Farmer
Yatika Fields
Lois Ellen Frank
David Gaussoin
Wayne Nez Gaussoin
Git Hayetsk Dancers
Gavin Healy
Teri Greeves
Terry Goedel
Dr. Jonathan Haas
Sterlin Harjo
Dr. Ann Lane Hedlund
Maria Hupfield
Diane Calabaza Jenkins
Tom Jones
Ed Kabotie
Michael Kabotie
Paul Kabotie
Evan Kleiman
Dr. Stephen Lekson
Jason Lujan
Dr. Victoria Levine
Ramson Lomatewama
Hank Louis
James Luna
Bill Madrigal
Duane Maktima
Ken Marchionno
Dr. Laura Marcus
Mario Martinez
Daniel McCarthy
Dr. Jessica R. Metcalfe
Patricia Michaels
Josephine and Milford Nahohai
Loretta Oden
Barbara Teller Ornelas
Michael Ornelas
Sierra Ornelas
Laura Ortman
Walter Parks
Consuelo Pascual
Shane Plumer
Eric Polingyouma
Sidney Poolheco
Dr. Charles Redman
Felicia Ruiz
Dr. W. Jackson Rushing III
Dr. Allan J. Ryan
Dr. Mari Lyn Salvador
Joe Sando
Lawrence and Griselda Saufkie
Louis Schalk
Sarah Sense
Alex Seotewa
Sean Sherman
Dr. Beverly Singer
Ernest Siva
Jock Soto
Spiderwoman Theater
Arigon Starr
Yolanda Hart Stevens
Maya Stewart
Dr. Rina Swentzell
Mark Tahbo
Patty Talahongva
David Treuer
Lisa Telford
Dr. Steadman Upham
Dr. Edwin L. Wade
David Wells
W. Richard West
Manuelito Wheeler
Dr. Wirt Wills
Steven Yazzie
Bethany Yellowtail
Nathan Youngblood
Curtis Zunigha

Special thanks to our generous sponsors past & present: Anonymous Foundation, San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians, National Endowment for the Arts, Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Cahuilla Band of Indians, Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations, Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians, San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians, Chickasaw Nation, Morongo Band of Mission Indians, Soboba Foundation/Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians, Pechanga Development Corporation/Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians.