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23rd Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture

A story about the 23rd Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture at the Museum of Northern Arizona Memorial Day Weekend.
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Explore Zuni ways of understanding this world this weekend.

On Saturday, May 25 and Sunday, May 26, the Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff will present its 23rd Annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture. This year’s festival showcases four cultural interpreters who will share how they perpetuate traditional Zuni identity. They will talk on the Zuni history of emergence and migration, reclaiming Zuni farming knowledge, bringing balance to the land in this time of climate change, and the complex history of Zuni art.

Artists, performers, and educators travel from Zuni, New Mexico to share their arts, talents, and culture at this event. Visitors will enjoy traditional Zuni dances, music from the Zuni Pueblo Band, and meeting and buying directly from Zuni artists. This event is created in partnership with the A:shiwi A:wan Museum and Heritage Center, which will bring historic archival films of Zuni life for visitors and Zuni people, alike, to view.


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MNA Heritage Program Manager Anne Doyle said in a press release, “This annual showcase of Zuni language, lifeways, traditional music, and dances is vital to understanding the Zuni culture. They have lived at Zuni Pueblo for thousands of years. It was an historic crossroads of travel and trade in northwestern New Mexico and their presence and influence on the Colorado Plateau was substantial throughout history.”

Museum Director Dr. Robert Breunig added, “Although the Zunis are a Puebloan people and share many attributes in common with the Hopi, Acoma, Laguna, and the Rio Grande Puebloan peoples, their language is unique, spoken only by the Zuni. This suggests a great antiquity for their culture. MNA is honored to welcome the A:shiwi (Zuni) people to Flagstaff, which is located on a landscape that is part of their traditional cultural territory.”

For more information and a complete schedule of events, click here.