Native Food, Culture and Fun, Santa Fe Days in the Park is an annual event by the Indigenous Institute of the Americas, held in Carrollton, Texas, March 17 and 18.
The 14th Annual Santa Fe Days in the Park by the Indigenous Institute of the Americas is a family-friendly event featuring two days of interactive festivities celebrating Native American Indian culture and knowledge through jewelry, crafts, dance, music, food, games, seminars, storytelling and hands-on teaching from respected Native educators.
The event is March 17th and 18th, 2018, from 10:00 am to 5:30 pm each day.
Santa Fe Days in the Park features over 70 American Indian artists from at least 40 Nations and is the only authentic Native American Indian art market in North Texas.
The 2018 Santa Fe Days in the Park featured artists include five-time world champion hoop dancer and internationally-recognized Canyon Records flute player Tony Duncan (San Carlos Apache, Arikara, Hidatsa) and his wife Violet Duncan (Plains Cree and Taino,) a championship winning fancy shawl dancer and author.
We hope everyone will come out Thursday night March 15 to greet the Duncan family before Santa Fe Days starts…. https://t.co/YrlV3EsYJb
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In addition, Santa Fe Days in the Park will host championship pow wow dancers and the Mitotiliztli Yaoyollohtli Aztec dancers from the Dallas Ft. Worth community. Bows and Arrows Radio celebrity, Harold Rogers (Navajo/Diné) will serve as Master of Ceremonies alongside of Head Singer, Lance Tahchawwickah (Comanche/Nʉmʉnʉʉ.) The host drum is STR8 South.
The Duncans, Violet and Tony, with their children, will give storytelling, flute and dance performances and lead hoop and fancy shawl dance workshops. A literary exhibition will highlight children’s books by Native authors and Violet Duncan will be signing her books.
According to Annette Anderson, secretary of the Indigenous Institute of the Americas, Santa Fe Days in the Park is not so much a pow wow, but a Native American Indian cultural exhibition and educational event.
“We do have a grand entry on Saturday March 17 at 10:45am and all dancers are welcome. We follow powwow protocol, but it mixes with cultural demonstrations. We do have a Tiny Tot contest on Saturday for ages 4 to 10,” wrote Anderson in an email.
“This year our Grand Entry honors “PJ” James, a retired Marine Corps gunnery sergeant and a former POW/MIA of the Vietnam War. He was the first Navajo Marine to become a Marine Drill instructor, caretaker/bearer of the Navajo Code Talkers’ Guidon, is a direct descendant of Navajo Code Talkers, and a is a lifetime honorary member of the Navajo Code Talkers.
Anderson said the theme this year is Cherish Turtle Island. “We have a true turtle protector Michaela Mullen, who is a herpetologist in the Dallas Ft. Worth area. Also, our children’s crafts will include learning about the Turtle’s knowledge that was gifted to Native people,” wrote Anderson.
In addition to the performances of the Duncan family, other offerings at Santa Fe Days in the Park include honoring the Navajo Code Talkers and Native Veterans, a sacred tree walk, and Native stickball and lacrosse demonstrations and exhibition games. There will also be children’s craft and learning centers with such offerings as a ‘Three Sisters Seed Hands-on Learning’ display a ‘Did all American Indians live in Tipis?’ game, a dance-stick and dance-purse crafts booth for children, and a beading booth.
Santa Fe Days in the Park will host ‘six of the best American Indian family cooks in the four-state area,’ offering traditional dishes such as Indian tacos, frybread, corn soup, and meat pies for purchase.
The Sandy Lake Amusement Park admission is $2.00 per person and includes parking and access to Santa Fe Days in the Park. A detailed schedule of events available at www.santafedays.com and/or www.iiamericas.org.