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Sept. 30, 2016

Residents invited to annual Indian Art Market in downtown Chandler

Looking to purchase some beautiful Native American art or jewelry? How about experience a grass or hoop dance performance by members of the talented and award winning Indigenous Enterprise? Or enjoy some delicious Indian fry bread during a fall afternoon? If any of those activities sound like fun, come to the annual Chandler Indian Art Market from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave.  

Each year, the City of Chandler and its Human Relations Commission, in partnership with the Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program, hosts this free, two-day event for residents to experience Native American culture and a way of life that has been handed down from generation to generation.

Indigenous Enterprise will be the main performers during the two days of live entertainment:

Saturday, Oct. 8:
10:30 a.m. – Indigenous Enterprise, which includes Kenneth Shirley, CEO & world champion fancy dancer; Brandon Begay, men’s grass dance champion representing the Dinè (Navajo) nation; Ike Owens, champion grass dancer from Louisiana representing the Blackfeet and Navajo tribe; and Ty LodgePole, world class chicken dancer also representing the Dinè people. 

11:30 a.m. - Rowie Shebala, Native American time lord poet of the Dinè tribe originally from White Cone, Ariz.

12:15 p.m. - Introduction of the Miss Indian AZ contestants

1:15 p.m. - Indigenous Enterprise 

2:15 p.m. - Lehi (live art)

3:15 p.m. - Rae Steven Scott, champion singer and men's fancy dancer from the Dinè and Apache nation. Also, Rae has won championships all over America and Canada for his singing and has been dancing since he could walk.

4:30 to 5:15 p.m. - Indigenous Enterprise finale

Sunday, Oct. 9:
10:30 a.m. - Lehi (live art)

11:30 a.m. - Indigenous Enterprise featuring Rae Steven Scott 

1 p.m. - Fashion show 

2 p.m. - Rowie Shebala, spoken poet

3 p.m. - Indigenous Enterprise finale 

In addition, contestants in the 2016 Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program will compete for the title of Miss Indian Arizona at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at the Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. The event provides scholarships to young American Indian women, encouraging them to pursue their educational goals. Tickets to the pageant are available by calling 480-782-2680 or visiting chandlercenter.org. For more information about the Scholarship Program, volunteering, donations to the Miss Indian Arizona Association or event information, visit missindianarizona.com or the event website, chandleraz.gov/indianaz.