Native Now Festival Artists Talk Indigenous Culture and The Native Identity Today

This Saturday the Native Now Festival will bring performers, artists, and musicians from all over Arizona and the country to the Deer Valley Rock Art Center for a daylong celebration of contemporary indigenous culture. Each of the performances will explore what it means to be an indigenous person in Arizona today through media including spoken performances, film, and music.

Performances will include "My Transformation" by artist and educator Melanie Sainz. Sainz says she has been presenting the work for more than 40 years, since she first toured the country after being named Miss Indian America. Sainz, a member of the Hochunk Nation of Wisconsin, has presented the work at schools, festivals and more since that time.