Featured as a �must-attend festival� in Patricia Schultz's best-seller, 1000 Places to See Before You Die, the 11th annual Indian Arts and Culture Festival takes place from May 27 to June 5 in southwest Colorado�s Mesa Verde Country�.
The celebration begins on Memorial Day Weekend with events in Mesa Verde National Park. An authentic juried Indian art market features world-renowned Pueblo, Zuni, Hopi, Navajo, Ute and Apache artists; all representing tribes who claim a cultural affiliation with Mesa Verde National Park. This year�s festival featured artist is the exceptional Hopi potter, Valerie Namoki.
The festival, recognized as one of the �Top 100 Events in North America� by the American Bus Association, also features a Navajo rug seminar and auction, a Native American concert, Native American dancers, traditional foods, and cultural programs. The Anasazi Heritage Center will feature a special exhibit, Sacred Images: A Vision of Native American Rock Art. This photographic exhibit joins the talents of three wilderness photographers with the storytelling skills of indigenous peoples to present the visionary power of Utah�s rock art.
Guides from Ute Mountain Tribal Park will offer special archaeological tours during the festival, including a Porcupine House and Ute Petroglyph Tour and an Anasazi Sun Calendars and Petroglyphs Tour in Mancos Canyon.
Mesa Verde Country� is the southwest Colorado travel destination surrounding Mesa Verde National Park. The towns of Cortez, Dolores, Mancos and Towaoc, and the entire Mesa Verde Country� area, comprise the archaeological center of America.
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For a full schedule of festival events, visit: www.mesaverdecountry.com/tourism/festivals/iacf/iacfschedule.html