Arizona is known for its stunning sunsets, soaring mountains, gorgeous unexpectedly lush desert landscapes and huge cities. However, Arizona is also filled with cultures and histories of the Native people that call this state home, who’s lives are entwined with the mountains, desert and sky. With over twenty Native American tribes calling Arizona home there are many stories to tell. Every year for the past 15 year the Native Trails celebration, produced by the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and presented by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, has brought the rich cultures of the Native American nations to share.

From January 12 through March 30th, in the outdoor performance area, surrounded by trees and light, join with the community to learn and celebrate the rich, varied cultures of the Native American nations. Using storytelling, songs and dance this year’s event focuses on is on building connection between people and finding common ground to build unity.

“Although we may come from different cultural backgrounds, as part of the same human family, we hold many common values,” said Derrick Suwaima Davis, artistic director of Native Trails. “We share in the concepts of loving our families, establishing balance in our lives and encouraging success for all. There is more that unifies us than divides us. However, in times of difficulty, we may lose sight of this truth.”

Derrick Suwaima Davis dressed for his hoop dancing performance.

When you go:

The celebration is weekly on Thursday and Saturday with performances beginning at noon. The remaining dates for the celebration are:

February: 23, 25, 2017
March: 2, 23, 25, 30, 2017

7380 E. Second St.
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

Grab a Bite at AZ88:

While you are in the area, I recommend having lunch at AZ88 before or after the performance. You can even sit on the patio and catch the celebration while you eat! Have the St. Petersburg Potatoes, house made chips with Scottish smoked salmon, sour cream, raddish, onion and cucumber.

Or indulge in the AZ88 Chicken Salad. This salad is fresh and refreshing, topped with celery and grilled chicken that are sautéed in buffalo sauce and topped with blue cheese dressing.

Head out for the perfect sunshine filled spring in Arizona, a delicious lunch and a celebration of cultures and unity!

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