Festival of the Americas presented by Kayenta Arts Foundation

Photo courtesy of Kayenta Center for the Arts, St. George News

IVINS – The Kayenta Arts Foundation (KAF) is honored to present the premiere Festival of the Americas May 28 – 30, 2021. This first annual event is a multi-cultural outdoor festival that showcase the cultures of the first peoples of North, Central and South America. The festival will celebrate the depth and beauty of early American cultures through educational workshops and lots of family-friendly activities that feature music, dance, fine art, unique customs and costumes, drum circles and more!

Much of the festival will focus on those native Americans of the southwest United States and take place in the outdoor setting of Kayenta Art Village and the Center for the Arts at Kayenta, once the ancestral home of Paiute, with surroundings that showcase the stunning natural beauty of our area. No other festival of this nature is currently available in Utah or the western United States.

Rob Goodman, President of the KAF Board of Directors explained, “The event will facilitate collaboration between diverse cultural groups in the region. We plan on more than 40 artisans to present their work and engage with visitors about the connection of their own work to their cultural heritage. To achieve this, we will provide a celebratory community hub for the understanding and appreciation of the history and cultural fabric of our shared ancient American story and the land we occupy.”

The earliest habitation of Native Americans in Utah dates to 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. Against the backdrop of the ancient red rock landscape, these exquisite and advanced cultures have been preserved through music, dance, fine art, storytelling and sacred customs. Surrounded by the warmth of the Kayenta community, attendees will go deeper in their respective understanding of our place in time.

This three-day festival will feature an array of cultural arts forms and customs (painting, pottery, weaving, silversmithing, storytelling, dance, drumming and flute). In addition, the weekend event will feature pow-wow style activities such as drumming circles, friendship dances, active storytelling and other movement-oriented workshops and demonstrations.

“KAF is committed to offering visitors and residents of all ages an outdoor arts festival program that provides a safe, healthy experience for people of all ages. This event will draw together distinct tribal communities for the greater good of preserving of sharing these ancient cultures with local residents and visitors to the region.”, said Goodman.

Event details

Date: May 28 – 30, 2021
Time: 10:00am – 6:00pm
Cost: FREE to $30.00
More Information: https://www.kayentaarts.com/festival-of-the-americas/

It is with the generous support of our sponsors that KAF is able to bring such high-quality experiences to southern Utah. Our gratitude to: American Indian Services, Dixie State University Institute for Continued Learning (ICL) and Global Engagement, Webrand West, Ivins City, Greater Zion Convention and Tourism Office, Washington County Recreation, Arts & Parks, Utah Division of Arts & Museums, National Endowment for the Arts and the Center for the Arts at Kayenta, Red Mountain Resorts, and Xetava.

About Kayenta Arts Foundation and The Center for the Arts at Kayenta

Kayenta Arts Foundation is a 501c3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop and create an environment where diverse artistic endeavors can flourish. The Center for the Arts at Kayenta (CFAK) is the actual place where people in the greater southern Utah area come to learn, express, appreciate and celebrate art in all forms.

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