This is the second year that the Aztec Ruins National Monument in Farmington will offer the American Indian Cultural Arts Festival to highlight local Native American art. According to the Aztec Ruins Park Ranger, Cyresa Bloom, there will be 14 prominent Native American artists from across the Southwest region showing their works at the monument. Included in the lineup will be members of the Hopi and Navajo tribes as well as some from the pueblos of Zuni and Kewa.
The festival week will feature many pieces of artwork that will be both for sale and on display for the public to admire. Included in the list of artwork is fetishes, pottery, paintings, and jewelry. Outside of just allowing visitors to see artwork, event organizers hope this will give the general public a chance to talk with artists directly about how and why they create their work. There will also be artists giving live presentations as they create art allowing visitors to experience an in-depth glimpse into the Native American culture.
The event was coordinated with aid from the N.A.T.I.V.E Project along with the national monument park rangers. The N.A.T.I.V.E. Project works to offer technical and financial assistance to artists that are Native American that live in Four Corners. Overseer of the program, Michael Billie, stated that the event is always enjoyed because it helps exhibit the artwork of local Native Americans so that they can build their clientele and future followers. He added that people who buy art on a regular basis love to learn the history behind it.
Last year the event was held in the spring but the date was moved to the summer this year to encourage more people to attend. Admission to both the park and the monument will be free on the day of the American Indian Cultural Arts Festival.