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Experience Southwest American Indian Culture With Native Trails

Free Noontime Festivals Provide Intimate Look Into Native American Culture; www.ScottsdaleNativeTrails.com

SCOTTSDALE, AZ -- (Marketwired) -- 12/20/13 -- Most Thursdays and Saturdays between January and April, the outdoor amphitheater in Scottsdale Civic Center Park will be brimming with traditional Native American song and dance for the 12th season of Native Trails. Presented by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation and produced by the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, this downtown Scottsdale event allows guests to absorb the sights, sounds and tastes of Southwestern Native American culture.

Performers and dancers from tribes such as the Hopi, Diné (Navajo), Hualapai and San Carlos Apache take center stage during these free hour-long festivals from 12 to 1 p.m. between Jan. 16 and April 5, 2014.

"I am proud that Native Trails is entering its 12th season, and we are privileged to share our rich culture with visitors to the Valley, as well as local residents," said Derrick Suwaima Davis (Hopi/Choctaw), artistic director for Native Trails and six-time hoop dance world champion.

American Indian artisans and vendors from around Arizona sell jewelry, baskets, pottery, instruments and paintings at the festivals as well. And each Saturday, a featured artist conducts an in-depth demonstration of their method, providing visitors a rare chance to speak with them one-on-one as the work progresses.

Additionally, Dinè Yummy offers attendees the chance to taste indigenous ingredients, with lunches featuring cactus chili with Sonoran Desert tepary beans, mesquite muffins, fry bread, and delicacies made from blue corn.

Native Trails began in 2003 as part of the City of Scottsdale's cultural tourism initiative, Culture Quest Scottsdale. The program was created following a City-conducted study that revealed Scottsdale tourists craved experiencing Native American culture during their visit. That has proved true each season; last season (January - April 2013), 5,098 people attended the event.

"Through the years we have honed the performance to be engaging and educational, and we aim to create a memorable experience for those who share their time with us," Davis said. "I invite you to come out and be a part of Native Trails."

For more information on Native Trails (including black-out dates), visit www.ScottsdaleNativeTrails.com or contact the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at 480-421-1004 or toll-free at 800-782-1117.

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