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The Native Now Festival features performers Melanie Sainz, Byron Fenix, Wilana White-Coyote and Shining Soul.
Native Now Festival
10 a.m.–3 p.m.
In honor of Native American Recognition Days, ASU Deer Valley Rock Art Center presents Native Now, an annual festival of art, performance and cultural learning about what it means to be indigenous in Arizona today.
Native Now focuses on indigenous artistic and cultural works that make sense of contrasting indigenous voices, experiences and knowledge.
The festival is free and includes music, performance, short film screenings by Arizona filmmakers, indigenous foods, community art projects and activities for the whole family.
Shining Soul. Straight out of the desert borough, Arizona's premier Hip Hop duo Shining Soul use vintage beats and empowering rhymes to bring to light the social injustices that affect the daily lives of indigenous and immigrant communities. Fronted by MCs Liaizon of Central Phoenix/Tohono O'odham Nation and Bronze Candidate of South Phoenix, Shining Soul released their first full-length project “WE GOT THIS” in 2011. http://shiningsoul-music.blogspot.com/p/about.html
Byron Fenix. Byron Fenix, senior producer and host of the weekly radio program Soul Deluxe, is not your average mix DJ. “I started collecting music by recording it on a cassette player,” he laments. A native of Phoenix, Byron is soul music’s most unlikely ambassador. Born to a Navajo father and a half Hopi, half Navajo mother, he learned early on to appreciate diversity, not just in the music but in his everyday life as well. http://www.souldeluxeradio.com/
Wilana White-Coyote (Cocopah). Wilana White-Coyote is a performer who grew up hearing stories of her Cocopah people and her family Coyote. In many indigenous stories, Coyote is a trickster god, a performer and a constant contradiction. Wilana White-Coyote’s performance “Re-Introduction” is a collection of songs and stories where, in the style of Coyote, she explores deep issues of culture and identity with truth and humor.
Melanie Sainz (Hochunk). For over 40 years, Melanie Sainz has traveled the world with her presentation "My Transformation." As a member of the Hochunk Nation of Wisconsin, Sainz shares her tribal heritage with others and reflects upon the many layers of her daily identity. https://sites.google.com/site/melaniesainz/
Film screening and discussion with Dustinn and Velma Kee Craig:
Award-winning filmmakers Dustinn Craig (White Mountain Apache/Navajo) and Velma Kee Craig (Navajo) present their short films In This Manner I am and I Belong to This. I Belong toThis is a personal documentary in the 2003 PBS documentary series Matters of Race. Dustinn Craig has produced commissions for various cultural institutions and PBS. Velma Kee Craig is a writer and filmmaker. Her short film In This Manner, I Am was awarded Best of Class in the Animated Shorts Division at the 2011 SWAIA film festival in Santa Fe, NM. Most recently, it was included in the AZ100 Indie Film Collection, a project of the U of A Confluence Center for Creative Inquiry in collaboration with the Arizona Media Arts Center.
Diné-inspired foods by Chef Harrison Watchman (Dine):
Chef Harrisoncreates new interpretations of traditional Diné foods using fresh and local ingredients. Visitors will be able to sample his culinary creations and learn about his work reintegrating wild foods into Diné communities.
Community art projects by Morning Star Leadership Foundation.
Art demonstrations and sale by Arizona indigenous artists.
Food by Emerson Fry Bread food truck.