Native American Arts Fesitval

Featuring Two Dynamic Components:


June 9 – 30: 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 23 – 29: 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.

2019 Theme: Indigenous Theater & Performance

2019 Festival Week Events COMING SOON!

Find the details for 2018 theme and festival below~


2018 Theme: Beyond Language: Indigenous Art & Expression

The week features artists, scholars and tribal community members who will look at the many layers of language and artistic expression.  Often coined by anthropologists and linguists as “ethnopoetics,” this form of expression treats the relationship between performance and text as experimentation, resulting in rare and unique connections outside the Western tradition.  By Illustrating that Ideas and language are highly nuanced and not easily translated across cultures, we gain new insights into the particularities of cultural expression. Native food tastings daily by Chef Freddie Bitsoie, executive chef, National Museum of the American Indian, Smithsonian Institution.


SUNDAY, June 24

7 pm: Hopi-Tewa Pottery & Remembering Mark Tahbo
Dorothy & Emerson Ami, Deborah Clashin, Larson Goldtooth. Introduction: Walter Parks

MONDAY, June 25

7 pm: Gallery Talk: Curators Jennifer Vigil and Mique’l Dangeli, and guest artist Hulleah Tsinhnanhjinnie. (Parks Exhibition Center)

8 pm: Opening Reception. Invitational Exhibition, Mother Tongue, featuring Shan Goshorn, Maria Hupfield, Alison Marks,  Marianne Nicolson, Shelley Niro, Sallyann Paschall, Lyn Risling, Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie, Tania Williard

Mother Tongue Program

TUESDAY, June 26

12-1pm: Kabotie Lecture Series. Dr. Wesley Leonard, linguist, “Your language isn’t extinct”: myaamia lessons for Native American language reclamation. (Krone Library)


12-1pm: Kabotie Lecture Series, Paul Chaat Smith, curator, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, Luna Remembers.
(Krone Library)


12-1pm: Kabotie Lecture Series, Randy Redroad, filmmaker, Through a Mythic Lens: A Native Filmmaker’s Journey. (Krone Library)

7 pm: Film Night. (Krone Library)

FRIDAY, June 29

7 pm: Performance Canadian Inuit Throat Singing, Kathleen Merritt and Charlotte Qamaniq

Welcome by the Mt. Cahuilla Bird Singers. (IAF Theatre and Cargill Commons)

Thanks to our generous 2018 sponsors: San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, Anonymous Foundation, The Chickasaw Nation,  Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations (TASIN), The Soboba Foundation/Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians, Cahuilla Band of Indians, San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians


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:  Canadian Inuit Throat Singing, Kathleen Merritt and Charlotte Qamaniq and the Mt. Cahuilla Birdsingers
Exhibit: Jennifer Vigil and Mique’l Dangeli , curators, Artwork by Shan Goshorn, Maria Hupfield, Alison Marks,  Marianne Nicolson, Shelley Niro, Sallyann Paschall, Lyn Risling, Hulleah Tsinhnahjinnie Tania Williard
Lecture Guests:  Dr. Wesley Leonard, Randy Redroad, Paul Chaat Smith
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
Kimberly Guerrero
Dr. Jonathan Haas
Sterlin Harjo
Dr. Ann Lane Hedlund
Carla Hemlock
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
Cannupa Hanska Luger
James Luna
Bill Madrigal
Duane Maktima
Ken Marchionno
Dr. Laura Marcus
Shyla Martin
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
Pamela H. Peters
Shane Plumer
Eric Polingyouma
Sidney Poolheco
Kevin Pourier
Dr. Charles Redman
Cara Romero
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
Aldo Seoane
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
Marty Two Bulls
Dr. Steadman Upham
Dr. Edwin L. Wade
Rory Erler Wakemup
Frank Waln & the Sampson Brothers
David Wells
W. Richard West
Manuelito Wheeler
Dr. Wirt Wills
Steven Yazzie
Bethany Yellowtail
Nathan Youngblood
Curtis Zunigha

Special thanks to the following benefactors, whose generous support made our 2018 Native American Arts Program and Festival possible: Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, Cahuilla Band of Indians, Chickasaw Nation, San Manuel Band of Serrano Mission Indians, San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians, Soboba Foundation/Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians, Tribal Alliance of Sovereign Indian Nations, and an Anonymous Foundation.