Cortez, CO. (April 12, 2007) – The award-winning Seventh Annual Mesa
Verde CountryÂ® Indian Arts and Culture Festival scheduled from May 27
through June 3, 2007, celebrates the archaeology and Native American
culture of the Southwest. Festival highlights include a world-class juried
Indian Art Market, Indian Dances, Navajo rug auction, special archaeological
tours and exhibits, and a solo concert by Grammy Winner Robert Mirabal.
This year’s featured artist for the Indian Art Market is Navajo painter
Jeanette Katoney. Jeanette vividly expresses her Navajo heritage through
striking abstracts in pastels and oils derived from her physical and cultural
environment. Her work is found in collections at the Wheelwright Museum, the
Heard Museum, The School of American Research, and the Museum of Indian
Arts and Culture. The artist’s painting “Cloud, Rainbow, and Corn” is this
year’s festival raffle piece, and may be viewed on the festival website:
www.mesaverdecountry.com. The Indian Art Market, located in the parking
area near Far View Terrace in Mesa Verde National Park, will run from 10:00 â€“
6:00 on Saturday, May 26 and 10:00 â€“ 4:00 on Sunday, May 27. A reception
for Jeanette will be held on Friday, May 25th at Mesa Indian Trading Company
in Cortez, from 5:30 to 7:30 PM.
On Saturday, May 26, at 7:00 PM Grammy Award Winner Robert Mirabal will
perform a special solo concert in the Morefield Amphitheater at Mesa Verde
National Park. A musician, composer, painter, poet, actor, and screenwriter,
Mirabal has played his music all over the world. In 2006 his album Sacred
Ground won the Grammy Award for Best Native American Album of the year.
Tickets for the concert are $20 for adults, and $10 for children under 12, and
may be purchased at Southwest Sound in Durango and at Rocky Mountain
One Stop and the Mesa Verde Country Tourism office located in the Colorado
Welcome Center in Cortez. Tickets will also be sold at the concert.
An extraordinary Navajo Rug Auction will be offered on May 26 at Far View
Terrace. A rug seminar, beginning at 10:30 will provide an introduction to the
various styles of Navajo weaving, and what to look for when purchasing a
Navajo rug. An auction preview follows from 11:00 â€“ 12:00, and the auction
will take place from 12:00 â€“ 3:00.
At the Ute Tribal Park on Saturday, May 26, Porcupine House will be open to
the public. This special tour is offered from 8:30 â€“ 3:00.
Archaeologists/Anthropologists Virginia Wolf and Ed Wheeler will conduct two
tours on the Anasazi Sun Calendars found in the Tribal Park. Tours will be
conducted from 9:00 â€“ 12:00 and from 1:00 â€“ 4:30. The cost for these
special tours is $20. Regular full day tours of North Lion Canyon will also be
conducted on May 26 for the reduced price of $20. Reservations should be
made with the Tribal Park at 970-565-9653.
Other Festival activities include the Anasazi Hertiage Center
exhibit: “Archaeology Grows Up: 1906-2006.” This special exhibit,
commemorating 100 years of Archaeology, reveals the transformation of
archaeology from the era of the 1906 Antiquities Act to the modern computer-
assisted study of ancient people. Spectacular artifacts and historic images
make this a must-see show.
The Cortez Cultural Center presents evening Native American Dances and
Cultural Performances beginning at 7:30 PM at the Center. Special Native
American dance performances will also take place on Saturday and Sunday in
Mesa Verde National Park at 10:00, 12:00, 2:00 and 4:00 in the Chapin Mesa
The Indian Arts and Culture Festival highlights many of the stops along the
newly declared National Scenic Byway, Trail of the Ancients. The only
National Scenic Byway totally dedicated to archaeology, Byway and Festival
attractions include Mesa Verde National Park, the Anasazi Heritage Center,
the Ute Tribal Park, and the Cortez Cultural Center. For further information
on the Festival, visit www.mesaverdecountry.com or call 800-530-2998.
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