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Idyllwild Arts Foundation to Present Native American Arts Festival Week

Highlights of this year's festival include the Opening Night Celebration "Welcoming Home the Birds," featuring Native American Bird Singing, hands-on activities & more.

Idyllwild Arts Foundation to Present Native American Arts Festival Week

Idyllwild Arts Foundation will present its annual Native American Arts Festival Week at the Idyllwild Arts campus from June 19 to June 24, 2022. The week-long event, which has run each summer for over two decades, returns following a hiatus due to COVID-19. The festival is designed to enhance and enrich the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program with Native American arts-based programming including an invitation exhibition, demonstrations, Native food tastings, film screenings, and the Michael Kabotie Lecture Series.

Idyllwild Arts is an institution rooted in respect, reverence, and support for Native American people, culture, and art, and is the only residential art high school in the country to offer a Native American Arts program. It is fitting, then, that this year's Native American Arts Festival is being led by a Native American Director, Shaliyah Ben (Diné), whose vision and oversight will bring alive the highly-topical theme of this year's Festival, Exploring Institutional Critique.

In the last two years, the world has been forced to look inward to examine the historic structures that we have existed within, and this year's theme will critique our roles and present innovative ways to do better. The unique week of programming will inspire internal reflection and ignite important conversations about topics that shape Indigenous communities by bringing together scientific, intuitive, and trickster voices for a balanced and provocative learning experience.

Highlights of this year's festival include the Opening Night Celebration "Welcoming Home the Birds," featuring Native American Bird Singing, hands-on activities, traditional food tastings, and artist vendors. This year's invitational exhibition, "Looking at Us: Exploring Institutional Critique," will welcome five of the six participating artists to the opening on Monday, June 20, and engage the public through an in-person panel discussion. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, the Michael Kabotie Lecture Series returns to campus for in-person lectures during the noon hour. On Thursday evening the program will host a free public screening at Rustic Theatre in town of "Saging the World" and "Powerlands". Both films speak to environmental issues in Indian Country. A Q&A with both film producers and directors will take place following the screenings. The week of programming will culminate on Friday with a live concert performance by Alaska's Intuit Soul Musical Group PAMYUA. All festival week events are free and open to the public.

Idyllwild Arts is also proud to welcome Chef Freddie Bitsoie (Diné) as the resident guest chef who will provide an array of food tastings throughout the Native American Arts Festival Week, including recipe samples from his newly published cookbook, New Native Kitchen: Celebrating Modern Recipes of the American Indian.

For the full schedule of workshops and events, visit https://idyllwildarts.org/nativeamericanarts



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