Monday, January 5, 2015

Scottsdale Native Trails Returns to Downtown Scottsdale

web_NA_Dancer_JPG One of the best ways to experience Native American culture while visiting Scottsdale is by attending a performance of Native Trails. Presented by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and produced by the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, Native Trails is a series of free performances dedicated to exploring the rich and varied cultures of Native America through song, dance, art and food. Native Trails’ Artistic Director Derrick Suwaima Davis (Hopi/Choctaw) and other performers from the Hopi, DinĂ© (Navajo), Hualapai and San Carlos Apache tribes will take the outdoor stage at Scottsdale Civic Center Park most Thursdays and Saturdays from January 8 through April 4 from 12 noon to 1 p.m. For the first time in the event’s 13-year history, the focus of the performances will be on passing the Native traditions of singing and dancing from one generation to the next. On Saturdays, youth performers will join the adult cast members to demonstrate the Eagle Dance, Southwest Horse Dance, and inter-tribal pow wow dances. Attendees are encouraged to stay for the finale, the audience-participation Round Dance, which celebrates the connection of all people and cultures. Plus, the cast will answer questions following the performance. You can expect to see lively dances (including championship-level hoop dancing), hear dramatic music and taste traditional Native American food prepared by White Eyes Fresh Fry Bread. Artisans and vendors will also sell jewelry, baskets, pottery, instruments and paintings during the festivals. A featured artist will demonstrate his or her craft live before the crowd each Saturday. For your comfort, please bring a blanket or lawn chair. The Native Trails stage is located outside the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts in Scottsdale Civic Center Park (at the northeast corner of Second Street and Brown Avenue in Old Town).

from Official Travel Site for Scottsdale, Arizona |


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