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The Piipaash Bird Dancers will be one of the traditional dance performance groups at the festival.

Talking Stick Festival Marks Another First for the Destination Area

By Candace Romero
SRPMIC Media Relations

Recently named 2014 Tribal Enterprise of the Year by the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Arizona, the Talking Stick Cultural & Entertainment Destination (TSCED), along with the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SRPMIC) proudly announce the Talking Stick Festival: A Destination Celebration. This three-day festival will take place Jan. 22-24 and will feature the best of Native American art, music, film and dance at various venues located in the destination and entertainment corridor off Loop 101 and Indian Bend Road.

The Talking Stick Festival is designed to welcome the influx of visitors and guests who will be traveling to the state for all the events leading up to the big game on February 1. It will showcase the diverse cultures of Arizona tribes and is hoped to become a point of pride for the Community.

Talking Stick Project Manager Blessing McAnlis-Vasquez has been coordinating with the Talking Stick Destination partners to bring this festival to fruition. Daily events include sculpture tours, artist demonstrations and fun take-home crafts at the Kids Craft Zone. Featured events include a Native American Chalk Walk, Talking Stick Indigenous Film Screenings in partnership with the American Indian Film Institute, traditional dance performances, the Native American Experience at Butterfly Wonderland and a concert with Grammy-nominated Average White Band at Talking Stick Resort.


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