ARIZONA NATIVE EXPERIENCE IMMERSES GUESTS IN INDIGENOUS CULINARY ARTS AND NATIVE ARTS SHOWCASE
The Arizona American Indian Tourism Association (AAITA) is set to deliver a unique and authentic Arizona Experience that is sure to delight your senses. Native Arizona will take center stage at this cocktail setting event where traditional and contemporary Native Arts will be showcased, and live performances will be shared, a silent auction and Native Chefs will delight with curated tasting stations, demonstrations, and interactive conversations.
Our Guests of Honor are Veronica & Denise Homer from the Miss Indian Arizona Association, in recognition for their auspicious and important work for the Association. Their legacy work in tribal communities throughout Arizona and Indian Country is multi-generational and has created experiences for young Indigenous women of Arizona that continue to nurture and create positive social, educational, political and economic impacts in Indian Country, their respective communities and the public at large.
Veronica Homer was the inaugural Miss Indian Arizona in 1961 and went on to be the first woman elected to serve as the president of the National Congress of American Indians. Denise Homer has been supportive and affiliated since the founding of the association and for the past 20 years has dedicated her public life and work as the Executive Director of the Association, ensuring its continuance, viability and legacy for future indigenous women and Arizona tribal communities. AAITA is honored to celebrate and recognize these two extraordinary women at the Arizona Native Edible Experience 2022.
The event is being held from 6-9 pm at Western Spirit: Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, 3830 N. Marshall Way, Scottsdale, Arizona 85251 on Saturday, February 5, 2021. Included in the evening, guests will be able to experience the museum’s offerings, including the exciting exhibition “Light and Legacy: The Art and Techniques of Edward S. Curtis, which honors Native Americans through the lens of early 20th century photographer Edward S. Curtis (1868-1952). Unparalleled in scope, the exhibition features over 900 artworks and objects that celebrate the life and works of photographer, ethnographer, and adventurer Edward Curtis. Spanning three decades, Edward Curtis traveled the land west of the Mississippi from Arizona to the High Arctic, visiting over 80 Indigenous Peoples and creating thousands of images, audio recordings, and the earliest motion pictures of Native Americans, all while making tremendous contributions to the art and science of photography. Curtis’s 20 volume publication, The North American Indian, remains unmatched in American ethnographic annals for its scope, depth, empathy, and artistry. Light and Legacy: The Art and Techniques of Edward S. Curtis opened on October 19, 2021 and will remain on view through April 30, 2023.
Arizona Native Experience
Saturday February 5, 2022, 6-9pm
Indulge in the uniquely Arizona Native Experience. Enjoy the offerings and company of indigenous chefs as you taste and savor our desert infused cocktails in an event rich in elements of traditional and contemporary Native performances. Admission is $25.00 pp and includes food tastings, and no host bars. Foodies, culture enthusiasts, and Arizona lover will not want to miss this chance to explore the tastes, sights and sounds of Native Arizona. Tickets can be purchased at www.arizonanativeexperience2022.com . This event is part of the Arizona Indian Festival running February 5-6, 2022, in Oldtown Scottsdale. More info on the Arizona Indian Festival can be found at www.arizonaindiantourism.org .
The Arizona Native Edible Experience is made possible with generous sponsorship from The Arizona Office of Tourism, Scottsdale’s Museum of the West, and the City of Scottsdale.
About the Arizona American Indian Tourism Association:
The Arizona American Indian Tourism Association (AAITA) is a statewide, nonprofit 501(c) 3 membership organization, established in 1994. Overseen by a nine-member board, AAITA involves American Indian businesses and professionals as organization members, who voluntarily work together to increase tourism and tourism awareness on Arizona Indian reservations/communities. AAITA targets the 22 Native American tribes in Arizona. AAITA also facilitates and hosts conferences for Native Americans, speakers on tourism issues, and assists Native American people in effective networking.
Jeffrey Lazos Ferns
Please welcome Ed Kabotie to the Arizona Native Experience event. He will be performing at the event and has generously donated a painting to our silent auction.
My name is Ed Kabotie. I am from the village of Shungopagi and the Tewa village of Khap'o Owinge (Santa Clara Pueblo). On the day I was born, snow clouds hung over the mountains to the west of Santa Clara, so my aunt named me 'Okhuwa P'ing' (Cloud Mountain). My vision as an artist is to express the virtues of my Native American cultures. These expressions take the forms of overlay jewelry, watercolor paintings, traditional pottery, and trilingual (English, Hopi & Tewa) musical compositions.
My heritage is my inspiration. I am a third generation artist. Both my father and my grandfather before me were artists. My earliest memory is sitting with my father at the kitchen table of our home, with buffalo dance songs in my head, painting a picture to give to my dad. I am currently seeking to improve my skills and techniques in order to more effectively communicate my vision to the world.
2009 Listener's Choice Award (Male Artist of the Year) - KUYI Radio
2010 Recipient - Wolfus Family Fellowship - Wheelwright Museum
2011-2018 Artist in Residence - Museum of Northern Arizona
2015 Best River Song - Sierra Club Grand Canyon Campaign
Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking with Bahe Whitethorne Sr. founder of "Art of the People". This Native Artists collective created a painting titled "Star People" which has been generously donated for auction to the Arizona Native Experience on February 8, 2019. Art comes from the heart, and "Art of the People," a collective of indigenous artists founded by Bahe Whitethorne, Sr., strives to share the heart story of Navajo religion, philosophy and way of life through live-painting demonstrations. They will be painting at both the Arizona Native Experience and the Arizona American Indian Festival. Click in to hear more about "Star People" and please join us.
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Excited to introduce to our Arizona Native Experience and Arizona American Indian Festival followers and friends that Gabriel Ayala is confirmed as part of the performing artists line up at the Arizona Native Experience.
A member of the Yaqui people of Southern Arizona, guitarist Gabriel Ayala is an accomplished classical musician. He is positioned at the forefront of a new generation of Native American musicians, breaking all native and non-native stereotypes with his trailblazing assortment of music genres and accolades.
Ayala performs regularly throughout the United States and Internationally. Locally, he has appeared at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, National Museum of the American Indian, Musical Instrument Museum and the Oscar Meyer Theater in Madison, Wisconsin. Recently, he was a featured artist at President Barack Obamaʼs Inaugural Ball. He has been recognized by the former State of Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano, now Director of Homeland Security, for his musical achievements. In addition, he has also been highly honored with the University of Arizonaʼs Tanner Award that recognizes significant professional career success and contributions and leadership benefiting American Indian communities. Not only is Gabriel recognized locally and in
the United States but he has also had the opportunity to play for Pope Benedict XVI at the canonization of Saint Kateri Tekakwitha in Rome, Italy. He was also the featured performer at the “Festival Internacional de la Guitarra Academica” in Venezuela with performances in Caracas, Guarenas, Guatire and on National Public Television throughout Venezuela.
As Ayala continues to travel throughout the United States and other countries, he serves as an advocate for education for all youth. He does this through guitar workshops, motivational speaking, presentations in various minority communities. He sets an example for native communities by instilling his values of living a traditional lifestyle while abstaining from Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco.
Gabriel believes in leading our children in the right direction through his philosophy, “Love your children, Honor your elders, and Respect your women”. Gabriel wants to share the gift of music with as many people as possible. And he serves as an example and delivers a message to children, letting them know that they can become whatever they dream. Gabriel currently resides in Tucson, Arizona.
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Introducing Freddie Bitsoie Executive Chef for the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington DC. We are excited to feature Freddie Bitsoie at our Arizona Native Experience event in February. Check out Freddie's work on his website http://www.freddiebitsoie.com/ and here is a short video of his passion and work in Indigenous foods circles.
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ARIZONA NATIVE EXPERIENCE IMMERSES GUESTS IN UNIQUELY ARIZONA CULINARY AND ART SHOWCASE
The Arizona American Indian Tourism Association (AAITA) is set to deliver a unique and authentic Arizona Experience that is sure to delight your senses. Native Arizona will take center stage at this cocktail setting event where traditional and contemporary Native Arts will be showcased, curated films and live performances will be shared and Native Chefs will delight with curated tasting stations, demonstrations and interactive conversations.
Native Arts/Artists including Piersten Doctor (Navajo) and exquisite Native Chef tasting stations featuring traditional and fusion foods and cocktails crafted by Twila Cassadore (San Carlos Apache), Mario Renneto Etsitty (Dine/Navajo), Felicia Cocotzin Ruiz (Xicana/Tewa) and Freddie Bitsoie (Dine/Navajo), will take attendees on a journey of Arizona Indian Country, via their senses!
The event, being held 6-8 pm at the Saguaro Hotel in downtown Scottsdale on Friday, February 8, 2019, and aims to bring together many Native communities with traditional and contemporary elements that highlight and celebrate the beauty and important contributions of Arizona’s Native Peoples to Arizona’s culture.
Foodies, culture enthusiasts, and Arizona lovers won’t want to miss this chance to explore the tastes, sights and sounds of Native Arizona. Tickets are $60.00 and can be purchased beginning www.arizonanativeexperience.com . This inaugural event is the kickoff event for the Arizona Indian Festival running February 9-10th, 2019 in Scottsdale Civic Center Park. More info on the Arizona Indian Festival can be found at www.arizonaindiantourism.org .
Arizona Native Experience
Friday February 8, 2019, 6-8pm
Indulge in the uniquely Arizona Native Experience. Enjoy the offerings and company of indigenous chefs as you taste and savor our desert infused cocktails in an event rich in elements of traditional and contemporary Native performances. Admission is $60.00 pp and includes food tastings. No host bars.
About the Arizona American Indian Tourism Association:
The Arizona American Indian Tourism Association (AAITA) is a statewide, nonprofit 501(c) 3 membership organization, established in 1994. Overseen by a nine member board, AAITA involves American Indian businesses and professionals as organization members, who voluntarily work together to increase tourism and tourism awareness on Arizona Indian reservations/communities. AAITA targets the 22 Native American tribes in Arizona. AAITA also facilitates and hosts conferences for Native Americans, speakers on tourism issues, and assists Native American people in effective networking.
Jeffrey Lazos Ferns