The Museum of Northern Arizona in Flagstaff hosts a series of cultural festivals each summer. Over Memorial Day weekend I thoroughly enjoyed the Zuni Cultural Festival and so I looked forward to the Hopi Cultural Festival this 4th of July weekend.
I attended on Saturday (the member-only opening is on Friday evening) and arrived when the event opened at 9am. Some artists were still setting up. It was an excellent time to be there. I was able to meet the artists and discuss their work with them. I looked over the jam-packed schedule of events and chose the lectures, music and dance events I wished to attend.
My first stop was in the Geology Gallery (artists are spread out all over the museum and courtyards) where I found basket weaver, Dorleen Gashweseoma Lalo. I was drawn to her natural peach basket, an award-winner. Darleen was very happy to explain her art and spend time teaching me about Hopi basket weaving.
Dorleen is from Hotevilla, on 3rd Mesa. She was there with her husband, who did traditional weaving, and her son, Raynard, who carved and painted traditional katsinem. His work was sold for $200 - $350.
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