American Roots

This weekend marks the 24th annual Zuni Festival of Arts and Culture, a celebration of traditional Zuni people and culture, many of whom return to northern Arizona from their namesake pueblo in New Mexico.

The event, part open-air market and part live entertainment, draws upward of 2,500 people annually. Educational presentations, sponsored by the Arizona Humanities Council as part of the Museum of Northern Arizona’s heritage program, range from conversations about bringing balance between western culture and native traditions to a history of the Zuni’s migration and movement from their origins in and along the Grand Canyon. Festival-goers can expect performances from traditionally clothed dancers accompanied by the Zuni Pueblo Band.

Enjoy the weekend of festivities from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, May 25, at the Museum of Northern Arizona, 3101 North Fort Valley Road in Flagstaff. Admission is $10, with discounts available for seniors, students, and American Indians. Visit for details.

Sat., May 24, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sun., May 25, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., 2014
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