Friday, December 10, 2010

34th Annual Pueblo Grande Museum Indian Market, December 11 & 12, 2010



 The 34th Annual Pueblo Grande Museum Indian Market returns to its original site, the Pueblo Grande Museum and Archaeological Park, after thirteen years at other city parks. The dates are Saturday and Sunday, December 11 and 12, 2010. More than 200 Native American artists participate in this major cultural event. This is a great event for both the family and fine art collector with art prices ranging from $10 to $5,000.

Five-time World Champion Hoop Dancer, Derrick Suwaima Davis (Hopi/Choctaw), will perform each day. The daily entertainment schedule includes traditional and contemporary musicians, singers and dancers and features violinist Arvel Bird (Paiute) who studied classical music at ASU.  Derrick Suwaima Davis will perform once each day. When asked why he only uses five hoops when many other dancers use as many as twenty he answered, “In the Southwest typically we dance with a fewer number and a faster rhythm.  I use five hoops, as they represent an aspect of my Hopi beliefs and to signify that one should try to do the best he can with the least amount possible.” Derrick serves as the Artistic Director of the Native Trails that starts its season at the Scottsdale Center for the Arts. When not traveling to “Alaska, or Japan, or someplace new” he contemplates his next championship challenge. Maybe we will see a SIX-time World Champion. Go Derrick!

The public will have an opportunity to see demonstrations on making of arrows and stone tools, sample native foods, and explore a military exhibit from WWI through the Afghanistan war. This exhibit will also provide information on Native American recipients of the U. S. Congressional Medal of Honor.

Visitors are encouraged to use the METRO Light Rail that stops within easy walking distance of the event site. Light Rail riders who present a valid transit pass at admission will be entered into a free drawing that includes a weekend stay for two at the Moenkopi Legacy Inn with visit to a Hopi artist studio or a Navajoland weekend package consisting of guest lodging at home of award-winning artist, Ted Draper, Jr., who will provide a personalized mini-pastel workshop and tour of the famous Canyon de Chelly.

Admission fee is $5 per person and children under 12 are free. Admission fee includes free admission to the museum during the annual Indian Market weekend. Pueblo Grande Museum address is 4619 E. Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034. Public parking is on the north side of Washington Street. The event takes place rain or shine. For more information, call 602-495-0901 or on-line at http://www.pgindianmarket.com/.

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