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Cultural Point of View

The Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is one bursting of pride and striving towards preservation. We welcome you to explore our community in all its splendor, beginning with some cultural touches within the Talking Stick area.

Salt River Fields at Talking Stick offers visitors a Stewardship Trail and History Trail. Both provide information on the importance of cultural elements that reflect the Pima and Maricopa that can be seen throughout the property. Facility tours are offered every Tuesday at 2:00pm and 3:30pm and Saturdays at 10:00am. A fee of $5 per participant applies.

Talking Stick Resort is currently presenting a cultural experience for guests celebrating the rich Native American heritage through song and dance. Dances include Pima Socials, Hoop Dancing, Plains Style Fancy Dancing, Jingle Dress Dancing and more. Featuring Yellow Bird Production, a Native American dance company based in Phoenix, the group includes the current World Champion Hoop Dancer and former "Miss Indian World." Shows are Friday and Saturday evenings at 5pm and 6:30pm in the Fire Garden, Talking Stick Resort. Admission is free.

Talking Stick Resort's Cultural Center currently showcases a 100 piece collection of Maricopa pottery. The red clay pots range in style and size. Along with the pottery collection, the Cultural Center, located in the main hotel lobby, also features a wide variety of artwork from artists of the Salt River Indian Community.

April 22, 2012 is Native American Showcase Day at the Scottsdale Street Fair. The Fair is held every Sunday, 10am-4pm in the southwest parking lot of the Pavilions at Talking Stick shopping center and features vendors offering fine arts and crafts, unique gifts, and a wonderful variety of home and lifestyle accessories. Street performers, exhibits and entertainment booths provide family entertainment. Admission and parking are free.

Talking Stick: A Cultural and Entertainment Destination also features sculptures by artist Jeffrey Fulwilder, a member of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community. His area work includes "Water Birds" at Salt River Fields at Talking Stick; "Fire Keepers" at the Pavilions at Talking Stick and "Devil's Claw" at Talking Stick Resort. Additional works can be seen at the Pima Center and include "Basket Dancers," "Gourd Men," and "Flute Players." The sculptures range from 4 feet to 8 feet tall.