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Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival set for this weekend


CAREFREE – The Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival will be opening on Friday, Jan. 22 and running through Sunday, Jan. 24, in the Carefree Desert Gardens, located at 101 Easy Street in Carefree. The festival is free to enter and will be open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily.

Now in its fifth year, the Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival has evolved into a benchmark event featuring 100 highly-acclaimed artists, and thousands of traditional and contemporary designs.

This year’s show has an impressive lineup of featured artists and performers. Nelda Schrupp, a jeweler and sculptor of the Pheasant Rump Nakota First Nation will display her ceremonial dance rattles and necklaces. Each of her designs is beautifully embellished with horse hair, natural stones, and other decorative elements. A National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI) Artist Fellow, Schrupp’s work is widely recognized and showcased in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Dance and music performances will feature traditional Native American hoop dancing by world champions Brian Hammill of Native Spirit Productions and Moontee Sinquah. The live entertainment will take center stage in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion.

The Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival emphasizes quality artwork with an array of mediums on display, from sculptures and paintings to handmade musical instruments and handcrafted fine jewelry. Vendor booths will be located throughout the desert botanical paths, giving visitors the opportunity to interact with the artists and learn about their craft. Attendees may also purchase a variety of sweet and savory selections in the Southwestern culinary food court.

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