Festival of Native Peoples August 11, 2011
8/26/11 – 8/27/11
Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds – 512 Tsali Blvd.
Contact: Cherokee Welcome Center (800) 438-1601
Art and Dance, Culture and Traditions Collide in Cherokee at Festival of Native People
America Gets Back to its Roots at Most Significant Tribal Festival in the U.S.
Indigenous tribes from across the Americas gather for the sixth Annual Festival of Native Peoples this August at the Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds in Cherokee, N.C. Considered the finest showcase of native dance, song and art in the southeast, the event honors the collective history, customs and wisdom of some of the oldest documented tribes.
Among the dancing, singing, prayers and art exhibited, festival highlights this year include the ever popular Totonac pole flyers of Mexico who thrilled audiences as they fly from a ninety-foot pole in a spectacle of swirling color in honor of the sun and the Totonac calendar. Four-time dance champion Tony Duncan of the Apache Arikara will perform the Hoop Dance. Additional performers include Tezcatlipoca Aztec Dancers from Mexico City, The Pollen Trail Navajo Dancers, the Yurapik Dance Group of Alazka, the Laguna Youth Group from the Laguna Pueblo, the White Mountain Apache Crown Dancers of Arizona, as well as the Crow and Cherokee’s Warriors of AniKituhwa and the Raven Rock Dancers.
Gates open Friday at 1 p.m. and Saturday at 11 a.m. with performances throughout the day and into the evening. Adult admission $10; children six and under are free. For Discount Ticket Packages or more information, call 800.438.1601.The Cherokee Indian Fair Grounds is located at 745 Tsali Blvd., off U.S. 441 in Cherokee.