The Arizona American Indian Tourism Association (AAITA) is preparing to host the Arizona Indian Festival this weekend, Jan. 29-31, at the City of Scottsdale Civic Center Mall. The family-friendly event is in place to showcase the diversity of the American Indian tribes of Arizona during Super Bowl weekend.
"It’s truly a wonderful opportunity for the AAITA to welcome visitors/guests from across this nation to 'Native Arizona’. Through cultural sharing and demonstrations, we have opened a dialogue for networking and entertainment. Our 7 villages on-site, representing the tribal nations of Arizona, will give visitors the chance to travel and experience the rich cultural heritage that is Native Arizona without leaving the city. There will be something for everyone; from the serious art collector, to the casual souvenir hunter. Families are encouraged to come engage in one-on-one conversations with Native people from all over Arizona. The Arizona Indian Festival hopes to strength the bond of community and education," Donovan Hanley, president of AAITA, told GrandCircle.org.
The 2015 American Indian Festival is also presented by the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts. This free event is a unique opportunity to experience authentic Native American activities, entertainment and arts and crafts market. Events and activities for the festival include speaking and interacting with tribal elders, story-telling of ancient legends, colorful social dances, authentic American Indian foods, traditional dwelling and demonstrations from Arizona’s best American Indian artisans with traditional and contemporary Native American music.
The Ak-Chin Indian Community and the Gila River Indian Community, both partners of the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee, plan to participate in the festivities “We are committed to making Super Bowl XLIX a success for our people and for the state of Arizona,” Gregory Mendoza, the governor of the Gila River Indian Community told GilaRiver.com in 2014.
The Ak-Chin Ba’Ban Keihina Traditional Dancers also will perform on Wednesday, Jan. 28 from 2-2:30 p.m. on Verizon Super Bowl Central at the Pepsi Hyped for Halftime Stage. The Ak-Chin Band also will perform on Thursday, Jan. 29 from 2-2:30 p.m.
The Verizon Super Bowl Central is the epicenter of Super Bowl XLIX festivities with one million visitors expected to come into downtown Phoenix this weekend. The 12-city block, football-themed, family-friendly, fan campus features the iconic XLIX Roman numerals, the Grand Canyon Experience (presented by NB|AZ), the Pepsi Hyped for Halftime stage, AZCentral.com Autograph Stage, the Bud Light Beer Garden, network broadcast stages and a nightly fireworks show.
Super Bowl XLIX will be played at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Sunday, February 1.