Tucson's Davis-Monthan Air Force Base Hosts first-ever Cultural Fair!

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The Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, AZ, held their first-ever Cultural Fair to give airmen and airwomen the chance to broaden their cultural perspectives. 

“Here on the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base we have observances for different cultures every month,” said Clint Moore, chair of the Native American Cultural Fair sub-committee. “Then the idea came up to have a cultural fair to give everyone the chance to learn about several cultures all in one day.”

Opening remarks at the first-ever Cultural Fair held on the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona on Friday, May 20. Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan

The Cultural Fair was held at the DMAFB’s park and there were eight different groups represented. The groups were: African American, Asian and Pacific Islanders, Hispanic, Native American, LGBTQ, Women’s Heritage, Disabled Veterans and Holocaust Remembrance.

Shamie Encinas talks with Chief Master Sargent Timothy Ross about the San Xavier Cooperative Farm at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona on Friday, May 20. Encinas (Tohono O’odham) is the traditional food coordinator for the cooperative farm that is located on the Tohono O’odham Nation. Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan

Each group had the opportunity to provide food from their cultures, invite other organizations and have individuals perform. The Native American booth provided Navajo Dried Corn Soup, frybread and Indian tea for anyone to try. The San Xavier Cooperative Farm, Tucson Indian Center, Miss Indian Pima Community College Gregorydine Marquezd the Tohono O’odham Student Association at the University of Arizona provided information to airmen and airwomen.

Frybread was one of many different foods served at the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s first-ever Cultural Fair on Friday, May 20 in Tucson, Arizona. Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan

An airman is interested to know what kind of food is being served at the Native American section of the Cultural Fair held at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona on Friday, May 20. This is the first time DMAFB has held a cultural fair. Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan

The Native American performers were the Tohono O’odham Nation Youth Council who sang O’odham songs and had round dances. Then Air Force Captain Amileah Davis (Metis) and her husband former Air Force Captain Jukari Davis (Dine) shared their different styles of pow wow dancing.

Former Air Force Captain Jukari Davis (Dine), Miss Indian Pima Community College Gregorydine Marquez (Tohono O’odham/Apache) and Air Force Captain Amileah Davis (Metis) pose for a photo at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s first-ever Cultural Fair held on Friday, May 20 in Tucson, Arizona. Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan

Members of the Tohono O’odham Nation Youth Council shared O’odham songs at the first-ever Cultural Fair held on the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona on Friday, May 20. For many of the youth this was their first time visiting DMAFB. Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan

“When it came to sharing a bit about my background in the Pow Wow Circle, it was quite exhilarating,” said Jukari Davis. “I love sharing information about my background with people in an open environment where people are willing to learn about various cultures. For me, that is what a cultural fair is all about - sharing and education.”

Tohono O’odham Nation Youth Council members, Miss Indian Pima Community College Gregorydine Marquez (Tohono O’odham/Apache) and airmen join hands for a round dance at the first-ever Cultural Fair held on the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tucson, Arizona on Friday, May 20. Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan

Miss Indian Pima Community College Gregorydine Marquez (Tohono O’odham/Apache) was pleased to see the DMAFB organize a cultural fair and thought there was a good turnout. Furthermore, she enjoyed being able to visit each group’s booth and was happy to see people join in the round dances.

Spectators take pictures of former Air Force Captain Jukari Davis (Dine) as he dances and shares his Native American culture at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s first-ever Cultural Fair held on Friday, May 20 in Tucson, Arizona. Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan

“I think it was good to see the different cultures that are being represented on the base,” Marquez said.

Former Air Force Captain Jukari Davis (Dine) talks with members from the Tohono O’odham Nation Youth Council about his career as an airman during the first-ever Cultural Fair held on the Davis-Monthan Air Force Base on Friday, May 20 in Tucson, Arizona.

Moore agrees with Marquez and thought the event went really well. He believes the Cultural Fair would not have been possible without the support and help of the community.

“I own a tremendous amount of thanks to the community and cannot thank them enough for their help in making this happen,” he said. “Hopefully we will get to do this again next year.”

Air Force Captain Amileah Davis’ jingle dress is showcased at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base’s first-ever Cultural Fair on Friday, May 20 in Tucson, Arizona. Davis is from the Metis Nation which is located in Canada. Jacelle Ramon-Sauberan