Indian Arts & Culture Festival, May 25 - June 2,
Promotes Opening of New Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center
Located in Colorado's Mesa Verde Country®, amid pinon pines and canyon walls, is a place of cliff dwellings, legends and unmatched beauty. Join us for the 13th Annual Mesa Verde Country® Indian Arts and Culture Festival, May 25 through June 2, and discover traditions as old as time, explore evolving native cultures and witness first-hand the customs of America's indigenous peoples. Also celebrate with us the official grand opening of the new Visitor and Research Center, located at the entrance to Mesa Verde National Park.
The Indian Arts and Culture Festival provides an extraordinary opportunity to experience the traditional dances and symbolic artwork of the region's first inhabitants, as well as a chance to go behind the scenes and off-the-beaten path to view rare collections and seldom-viewed archeological sites. Festival highlights include an authentic juried Indian art market featuring traditional and contemporary Native American pottery, jewelry, and painting, as well as many other diversified art forms. This year's featured artist is Joshua Madalena. Madalena has turned his talents to successfully replicating a 300 year-old lost art tradition of the Hemish People (Jemez Pueblo, NM). For over a decade, he has extensively researched the art and production of Black-on-White pottery traditions.
On May 23, 2013,prior to the weekend festival, the new Visitor and Research Center at Mesa Verde National Park will hold their grand opening. This new facility is located at the park entrance, just off US 160, and should be the first stop for every park visitor. Tickets for ranger-guided tours of the cliff dwellings may be purchased there, and exhibits, ranger assistance, and a bookstore will help you prepare for the rest of your visit to the park. For an up to the minute schedule for the opening celebration, go to: www.nps.gov/meve.
You may also want to delve further into the history that surrounds the region's oldest culture with special festival-only tours at the Ute Mountain Tribal Park, or make a visit the Anasazi Heritage Center for their excellent museum and special exhibits.
To find out more about the upcoming Indian Arts and Culture Festival, order your free 2013 Mesa Verde Country® Travel Planner today or visit www.mesaverdecountry.com. or give us a call at 970-565-8227.
We look forward to seeing you soon in Mesa Verde Country®.