Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival

CAREFREE INDIAN MARKET AND CULTURAL FESTIVAL

Award winning Native American art, music and dance are coming to downtown Carefree Arizona as Magic Bird Festivals presents the Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival.

The three-day Indian cultural festival takes place from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m., February 17 – 19, at Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy Street in downtown Carefree. Live performances are slated at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m., daily.

Set amid the town’s new four-acre cactus-filled botanical gardens and adjacent to the town’s famous Carefree Sundial, the first-ever cultural festival will feature live hoop dancing and musical performances, along with Native American arts and crafts made by tribal member artisans from throughout the country.

Admission is free. More information is available at www.magicbirdfestivals.com.

A specialty food market will provide Native American and festival favorites such as Indian made fry bread with the full variety of toppings, Indian home baked goodies and more, plus a full offering of typical fair and festival foods.

World champion hoop dancers Brian Hammill and Tony Duncan are scheduled to perform in the lineup that also includes Native American flute players Alex and Melissa Maldonado and Randy Kemp. Other artists include Damian Charette and jeweler Dina Huntinghorse.

Tribes from throughout the country will be represented at the juried exhibit and sale which features arts and crafts including jewelry, pottery, baskets, carved stone fetishes, woven rugs, bead work, Kachina dolls, clothing, drums, flutes and more.

All arts and crafts at the Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival are recognized under the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 to ensure authenticity, quality and collectability. All artists are members of federally or officially State recognized tribes or are certified as Indian artisan by the governing body of an Indian tribe as a non-member Indian Artisan.

Many of the performers are also participating artists in the event, said Roberta Toombs Rechlin, president of Magic Bird Festivals.

“We are honored to present the first Indian cultural event in downtown Carefree. We feel privileged that such talented and world-renown Indian artists have agreed to participate in this first-of-a-kind event for the town. The serenity of the new botanical gardens and the beautiful backdrop of Black Mountain create a special environment of intimacy that we believe the artists and attendees will cherish,” she said.

Carefree Mayor David Schwan agrees. “Our new cactus gardens are the perfect setting for this type of authentic cultural event, recognizing the diverse people that make Arizona great,” said Schwan.

Toombs Rechlin hand selected each artist and performer who was invited to the event by researching and attending Native American celebrations throughout the Southwest. “All of the artists are Native American tribal members who were hand selected to be a part of this inaugural event.”

Artists and performers include:

Alex Maldonado

Brian Hammill

Tony Duncan

Randy Kemp

Damian Charette

Dina Huntinghorse