Current Events This Week and Beyond
Get up close and personal with Navajo grassroots culture if you’re near Kaibeto, Arizona on the Navajo Reservation all day on Thursday and Friday, June 13 and 14. It’s billed as an “Intergenerational Conference,” and you can see a sheep butchering demonstration by Miss Navajo, Autumn Montoya, as well as a Navajo cake demonstration, and appearance by the Apache Crown Dancers, a “Just Move It” walk and run to promote healthy lifestyles, and other cultural and health activities. There’s food and door prizes. Kaibeto is north of Tuba City, Arizona, and halfway between Tuba City and Page, Arizona on Arizona Route 98. The area is rich with scenic beauty with surrounding mesas and views of Navajo Mountain.
Kaibeto Chapter website: https://kaibeto.navajochapters.org/
More information: 928-672-2337
On Friday and Saturday, June 14 and 15, the city of Shiprock, New Mexico hosts a Treaty Day Art Show from 8:00 a.m. to dusk both days. See and purchase Navajo arts and crafts. Featured music includes SkoolBoyKook
Here’s a YouTube video of SkoolBoyKook performing live at Monument Valley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlNXZ-Q_Bbs
If you happen to be visiting Santa Fe and north-central New Mexico, Hubbell Trading Post Historic Site on the Navajo Reservation is displaying its Navajo Rug Trunk Show at Bandalier National Monument near Los Alamos, New Mexico this Saturday and Sunday, June 15 and 16 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day. See hundreds of handcrafted Navajo rugs straight from Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site, a Western National Parks Association (WNPA) partner park and the oldest continuously-operating trading post in the Southwest.
Authentic Navajo rugs will be available for sale in a wide array of designs and prices. Rug talks with Hubbell’s trader, Edison Eskeets, are scheduled each day at 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Eskeets will describe the weaving process, history, symbolism, and artistry of the rugs, as well as how to choose and care for them. Weaving demonstrations will take place throughout the show.
For more information, call (520) 603-9688, or visit hubbelltradingpost.org. Bandelier National Monument is located at 15 Entrance Rd., Los Alamos, NM 87544.
Back on the Reservation, see Willie’s Cattle Company Junior Rodeo at the Crownpoint (New Mexico) Fairgrounds on Sunday, June 16 beginning at 9:00 a.m. Crownpoint is an hour’s drive northeast of Gallup, New Mexico. For more information call: (505) 879-6562.