Enjoy music, dance and storytelling performances – and food – at Indian Market & Festival
Sisterz In Song
As our 27th annual Indian Market and Festival fast approaches, we are excited to announce this year’s entertainers and food vendors. Our first performers will be Sisterz In Song, a female a capella trio comprised of Ashley Hall, Asjha Tveter and Haley Berstail from the Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation, who use their collective voices to empower young women. Sisterz In Song follows traditional singing without musical accompaniment, and they will perform on the Indian Market & Festival stage at 11 a.m. both days of the festival.
Jacque Tahuka Nunez
Jacque Tahuka Nunez, an Acjachemen descendant and cultural storyteller, will lead a dynamic cultural presentation describing the lifestyle of the Acjachemen Nation, who are the first people of Orange County, California. She prides herself on preserving and passing her culture along through the oral tradition of storytelling. “Journeys to the Past” is a multi-sensory experience that includes storytelling, games, song, and dance. Jacque Nunez will perform at 12 p.m. both days of the festival.
World champion hoop dancer Tony Duncan (Apache/Arikara/Hidatsa) intrigues audiences with his high-energy sequence of hoop dance moves. He is also a gifted flute musician and has recorded several albums and toured and performed internationally. Tony was taught to hoop dance at the age of 5 years old and this tradition was passed down from his father Ken Duncan Sr. Carrying on the family tradition is Tony’s son Naiche, who at age 6 has started his journey into the world of hoop dancing. The circle, stories, and traditions continue. The Tony Duncan family hoop dance performance takes place at 1 p.m. both days of the festival, and following that, the Duncans will lead a hoop-dancing workshop at 2 p.m. both days.
Son of Hwéeldi
Son of Hwéeldi (the band previously known as Saving Damsels) won the 2013 Native American Music Award Winner for Best Rock Recording as well as the 2013 New Mexico Music Award winner for Best Native American Recording for their song “Protected (Beauty All Around).” Son of Hwéeldi performs music in a rich blend of rock, soul and blues with a touch of world beat, in their own style they call “resistance rock.” Their lyrics draw upon their shared Navajo and Apache histories, recounting the historic mistreatment of those nations by the U.S. government, and commenting on the political atmosphere of today. As the band puts it, resistance always includes culture, music, song, dances, ceremony and art; and in that spirit, Son of Hwéeldi continues to create. Son of Hwéeldi will perform at 3 p.m. both days of the festival.
While you’re enjoying the festival’s fantastic entertainers, be sure to try some dishes from our new food vendors. Roasted, Toasted & Baked (RTB) will be serving up delicious mac-n-cheese bowls and BBQ sandwiches sure to satisfy. Lucky Louie’s Street Food puts a gourmet spin on hot dogs and sausages, and will be sure to delight those looking for classics with a twist. Fulfill your taco and fry bread cravings with tasty food from Platero Fry Bread & Navajo Tacos from New Mexico. If you need a little extra energy to get you through the festival, be sure to stop by Bee Coffee Roasters for your locally-based caffeine fix. For those craving a lemonade shake-up to cool off from the heat, visit Menefee Lemonade, a Miami Nation lemonade company based in New Mexico.
Enjoy a variety of delicious Native-inspired foods including frybread at Indian Market and Festival.