Monday, February 11, 2013

Native American Music Festival

This is our third visit to Casa Grande Ruins and our second time to be here for the Annual Native American Music Festival.

The Monument is in Coolidge, Arizona

These ruins and surrounding area have been protected and covered since the early 1900's.

This is home to the Pima River Nation of Native Americans.

This is primarily a music festival, but Native American crafts are also displayed and sold.

            Lots of intricate beadwork, metal and woodcarvings are displayed here.

                          Lots of Native American flutes are also for sale.

Loren Russel is an accomplished Native American storyteller and flute player.  He entertained us with many wonderful stories, handed down through generations of Native Americans.

Gabriel Ayala has won many major awards on the classical guitar.  He recently played at the Vatican in Rome.  He is a Yaqui Native American.

                      17 year old Krishel Augustine, award winning Navajo vocalist and songwriter.

Gila River Hashan-Kehk Traditional Dancers.

                        Arvel Bird, Paiute violinist and flutist.

Rona Yellow Robe, flute player and wonderful vocalist, is of the Cree nation.

                      No day at the festival is complete without a Native American Taco.

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