Featuring Two Dynamic Components:
June 19 – July 2: 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.
San Ildefonso Pueblo Black Pottery [ NEW ]
Hopi Jewelry [ NEW ]
Anishnabe Black Ash Basketry [ NEW ]
Seeds of Glass: Native Beadwork as Surface Design [ NEW ]
Cahuilla Style Pottery: Collecting Clay and Making Pots [ NEW ]
Native American Flute Making
Native American Cuisine: Blending Modern with Traditional [ NEW ]
Creation of Northwest Coast Hand Drums [ NEW ]
Navajo Inlay Jewelry
Navajo Weaving I & II
California Native Plants: Contemporary & Traditional Medicinal Uses [ NEW ]
June 25 – July 2: 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.
2017 Native American Arts Festival
2017 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.
Each day, the visiting guests will explore a wide range of topics on this theme. Native food tastings daily by Chef Freddie Bitsoie, executive chef, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution.
The spirit of this annual Festival Week 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.
The Festival Week events are OPEN TO THE PUBLIC, offering a way for those not enrolled in a workshop to learn about the most current issues and theories concerning Native American culture and art.
FESTIVAL WEEK EVENTS
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. Click here for more information.
MONDAY, June 26
7 pm: Gallery Talk: Curator America Meredith and Guest Artists Rory Wakemup and C. Maxx Stevens.
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, TBA
WEDNESDAY, June 28
12-1pm: Kabotie Lecture Series, Marty Two Bulls Sr., political cartoonist. Native American Art and Politics in a Digital Age.
THURSDAY, June 29
12-1pm: Kabotie Lecture Series, Aldo Seoane, Wake Up: Standing Rock Is Everywhere.
7 pm: Film Night: feature film TBA
FRIDAY, June 30
7 pm: Dance and Multimedia Event featuring Rulan Tangen & Dancing Earth, Frank Waln and Sampson Bros, and guests. Welcome by the Mt. Cahuilla Bird Singers
SATURDAY, July 1
8 am: Hopi-Tewa Pottery Firing, Mark Tahbo
Joe Baker (Delaware),
Director, Palos Verdes Art Center
Gerald Clarke, Jr. (Cahuilla), Artist, Assistant Professor, Ethnic Studies at UC Riverside
2017 FESTIVAL WEEK GUESTS
Freddie Bitsoie (Dine)
Kelly Church (Odawa-Ojibwe)
Carla Hemlock (Mohawk)
Anna Hoover (Unangan)
Cannupa Hanska Luger (Mandan-Arikara-Hidatsa-Lakota)
America Meredith (Swedish/Cherokee)
Pamela J. Peters (Dine)
Kevin Pourier (Oglala Lakota)
Lumhe Sampson (Mvskoke Creek/Seneca)
Aldo Seoane (Yoeme)
C. Maxx Stevens (Seminole-Mvskoke)
Rulan Tangen & Dancing Earth
Marty Two Bulls, Sr. (Oglala Lakota)
Rory Erler Wakemup (Bois Forte Anishinabe)
Frank Waln (Sicangu Lakota)
Kathleen Wall (Jemez), Curator: America Meredith
Kimberly Guerrero (Colville, Salish-Kootenai, Cherokee)
Shyla Marlin (Choctaw)
Ivan Wong (Hawaiian)
Previous Festival Guests Include
Dr. Lowell Bean
Dr. Janet Berlo
Black Eagle Singers
Dr. Tara Browner
Gerald Clarke Jr.
Dr. Patricia Crown
Dancing Earth/Rulan Tangen
Mike & Mique’l Dangeli
Brent Michael Davids
Lois Ellen Frank
Wayne Nez Gaussoin
Git Hayetsk Dancers
Dr. Jonathan Haas
Dr. Ann Lane Hedlund
Diane Calabaza Jenkins
Dr. Stephen Lekson
Dr. Victoria Levine
Dr. Laura Marcus
Dr. Jessica R. Metcalfe
Josephine and Milford Nahohai
Barbara Teller Ornelas
Dr. Charles Redman
Dr. W. Jackson Rushing III
Dr. Allan J. Ryan
Dr. Mari Lyn Salvador
Lawrence and Griselda Saufkie
Dr. Beverly Singer
Yolanda Hart Stevens
Dr. Rina Swentzell
Dr. Steadman Upham
Dr. Edwin L. Wade
W. Richard West
Dr. Wirt Wills
Scholarships for Native American adult and youth students are available! Click the links below for more details.
Native American Scholarship Information – Adult Students
Native American Scholarship Information – Teens & Kids
Native American Scholarship Information – Academy Students
Inland Empire Teacher and Grad Student Scholarship Info
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.