InWord Journeys

Native American Events
Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah

(Call ahead to check for changes before you go.)

Navajo Dancer

Native dances and art demonstrations
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM


Northern Navajo Nation Fair
Parade, powwow, rodeo, carnival, Indian market and more at the oldest annual Navajo Fair; Shiprock, NM;

Colorado River Indian Tribes Indian Days Celebration
Miss CRIT and Baby pageants, parade, carnival, dances, fireworks, and entertainment; Manataba Park fairgrounds, Parker, AZ;

St. Francis of Assisi Feast Day
Pueblo dances and vendors after morning mass; Nambe Pueblo, NM;

Hopi Pottery
Talk and demonstration of traditional pottery making and how to recognize authentic pieces; Homolovi State Park, AZ;

Native American Children's Pageant
Children perform in traditional dress, sponsored by Native Health Center; Metrocenter Mall, Phoenix, AZ;

American Indian Arts Festival
Traditional and contemporary art sales, music, food, dancing, performance by R. Carlos Nakai; Indian Pueblo Cultural Center, Albuquerque, NM;

Native American Heritage Day
Demonstrations, videos and talks about the Plains tribes and their relationship with Bent's Fort; Bent's Fort National Historic Site, near La Junta, CO;

Chandler Indian Art Market
Cultural festival with Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship program, artists, food, and entertainment; Chandler Park, Chandler, AZ;

Fall Navajo Song and Dance
Closes out the Navajo Nation fair season; Farmington indian Center, Farmington, NM;

Harvesting Our History
Dinner, entertainment, silent auction; Pueblo Grande Cultural Center, Phoenix, AZ;

St. Margaret Mary's Feast Day
Harvest and social dances; Village of Paraje, Laguna Pueblo, NM;

Petroglyph Tour
Ranger-led tours to petroglyph sites; Homolovi State Park, AZ;

Amerind Autumn Fest
Food, family games, dancing, artists, presentaions, and teaching of traditional Apache culture; Dragoon, AZ;

Fiesta of Cultures
Celebration of Pueblo, Hispanic and Anglo folk art and pre-industrial lifeways with emphasis on craft demonstsrations geared toward families; Coronado Historic Site, Bernalillo, NM;

Apache (Jii) Day
Native American singers, dancer and storytellers, food and craft booths; Globe, AZ;

Tuuvi Gathering
Food booths, social dances from many tribes, arts and crafts vendors; Moenkopi, AZ;


Navajo Rug and American Indian Art Auction
Traditional food, tips about collecting, and live auction; Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix, AZ;

Adopt a Native Elder Rug Show and Sale
Arts and crafts sale, dances, demonstrations, entertainment; Park City, UT;

Native Hairstyles
Presentations, historical context, methods, and accessories of various tribes; Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe, NM;

American Indian Heritage Film Festival
Four-part documentary series of native people sharing wisdom and beliefs, Ute Indian Museum and Indian vendors in lobby; Montrose Pavilion, Montrose, CO;

Veteran's Day Celebration
Tribute to Native American veterans; Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe, NM;

Giving Thanks For Our Veterans
Annual dinner honoring veterans; Farmington Indian Center, Farmington, NM;

San Diego Feast Day
Various harvest dances; Tesuque Pueblo, NM 505-983-2667

Celebration of Basketry and Native Foods
Weavers and food producers, marketplace, traditional singing and dancing, film showcase; Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, Tucson, AZ;

Christmas Light Parade
Zuni Pueblo, NM 505-782-7238;

Native American Indian Heritage Craft Market
Powwow, craft demonstrations, children's activities; Sheraton Hotel, Tucson, AZ;

Ornament Marketplace
Native artists sell hand-crafted ornaments; Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ;


Christmas Bazaar
Hopi arts and crafts, food, raffle, music, Santa Claus; Moenkopi Legacy Inns and Suites, Tuba City, AZ;

Luminaria Holiday Open House
Spruce Tree House trail lined with luminarias; Mesa Verde National Park, CO;

Christmas Bazaar
Native American arts and crafts, food; Boulder, CO;

Christmas Bazaar
Arts and crafts, food; Denver Christian Indian Center, Denver, CO;

Native American Winter Arts Market
Native American arts and crafts; Durango High School, Durango, CO 970-946-1197

Jemez Red Rocks Winter Arts and Crafts Show
Walatowa Visitor Center, Jemez, NM;

Heard Museum Book and Treasure Sale
Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ;

Christmas at Kuaua
Luminarias light the ruins and grounds, children's activities, music, traditional Pueblo dancing and storytelling; Coronado State Monument, Bernalillo, NM;

Winter Traditions
Native American dances, hands-on activities, storytelling; Museum of Indian Arts and Culture, Santa Fe, NM;

Guadalupe Feast Day
Evening vespers and procession, Feast Day dances; Pojoaque Pueblo, NM 505-819-2276 or 505-819-2299 and Tesuque Pueblo 505-983-2667

Crownpoint Rug Auction
Viewing at 4 pm, auction at 7 pm; Crownpoint, NM;

Light Among the Ruins
Farolitos among the ruins, Native American flute music and dancers perform between the bonfires; Jemez Historic Site outside Bernalillo, NM;

Young Native Artists Holiday Show and Sale
Children and grandchildren of the artists of the Palace Portal sell their artwork; New Mexico History Museum, Santa Fe, NM;

Christmas Arts and Crafts Sale
Farmington Indian Center, Farmington, NM;

Indian Market
Entertainment, shopping, native food, hands-on activities; Pueblo Grande Museum, Phoenix, AZ;

Near-winter Solstice
Tour of archaeological sites of Los Morteros and Picture Rocks; Old Pueblo Archaeology Center and Pueblo Grande Museum, tour starts in Marana, AZ;

Navajo Children's Live Nativity
Drive-thru experience; Four Corners Home for Children, Farmington, NM;

Taos Procession of the Virgin
Bonfires, Deer or Matachines Dance; Taos Pueblo, NM;

Christmas Celebrations
Midnight mass, torchlight processions, various dances at many New Mexico pueblos. For an up-to-date listing go to

Holy Innocents Day
Children's dance groups; Santa Clara Pueblo, NM 505-753-7330

Holidays at the Heard
Indian music and performances including hoop and fancy dancing, fry bread, hands-on activities in galleries; Heard Museum, Phoenix, AZ;


8, 10, 15, 17, 22, 24
Native Trails
Presented by Fort Mcdowell Yavapai Nation to celebrate Native American culture with traditional music, arts and crafts, guest performances; Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Scottsdale, AZ;

Transfer of the Canes
Various dances at most New Mexico pueblos, call ahead phone numbers at

King's Day Celebration
Various dances at most New Mexico pueblos, call ahead phone numbers at

Crownpoint Rug Auction
Viewing at 4 pm, auction at 7 pm; Crownpoint, NM;

Native American Fine Arts Festival
Traditional and contemporary art, entertainment, learning opportunities; Litchfield Elementary School, Litchfield, AZ;

Cave Creek Indian Market
Southwestern artists and craftsmen; Stagecoach Village, Cave Creek, AZ;

San Ildefonso Pueblo Feast Day
Vespers and evening firelight dances, Feast Day, and Buffalo, Comanche, and Deer Dances; San Ildefonso Pueblo, NM 505-455-2273

Shoe Game
Navajo winter night of playful teasing and song are used to teach this oral history game; Farmington Indian Center, Farmington, NM;

Colorado Indian Market
Arts and crafts vendors, entertainment; Denver Merchandise Mart, Denver, CO;

25-Feb 15
American Indian Arts Exposition
Gem and mineral show, American Indian artists, demonstrations, sales; Tucson, AZ;

Rock Art and Archaeology of Ventana Cave
Old Pueblo Archaeology Center sponsored tour of Ventana cave on the Tohono O'odham Nation, departs from Pima Community College; Tucson, AZ;

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