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Celebrate Hopi Independence this weekend
Navajo-Hopi Observer

KYKOTSMOVI, Ariz. - In commemoration of the Great Pueblo Revolt of 1680, the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office with coordinated efforts by Pavinyama Productions, the Miss Hopi Pageant Committee, the Hopi Music Festival Committee and the Hopi Footrace (formerly Orayvi Footrace), have scheduled festivities Friday through Sunday.

Scheduled events promises to be bigger and better this year. Featured events include a rodeo at the Pavinyama Arena, two days of music at the Hopi Veterans Memorial Center and the ever-growing popular Hopi Footrace at historic Orayvi (Old Oraibi). The newly crowned 2012-2013 Miss Hopi will serve as the official host of the celebrations.

An Art Expo will also be held along with the 6th annual Original Hopi Music Festival. The Music Festival will feature several Hopi musicians. Appearing will be the Sunfire Band, Hopi Clansmen, Desert Country, Blind Destiny, Rattlesnake and the Smoke Rings Band. Individual performers, such as the ever-popular father-daughter duo of Gary and Holly LaRance, E. J. Satala, Rod Tortice, Wil Numkena and Gabe Yaiva will also perform.

A presentation on an eight-year collaborative research project with the University of Arizona and the Hopi Cultural Preservation Office will be presented to the public on the "Hopi-Spanish Document Project." This project collected numerous historic records from the National Museum of Mexico, several museums in Spain and the Vatican. These records were compiled into a 400-page manuscript on the history of Spanish contact with the Hopis and Pueblos. This presentation will be held at the Hopi Wellness Center on Friday, Aug. 10 from 10 a.m.-noon.

Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend the festivities for a great weekend of socialization, relaxation, fun and most of all, to commemorate our independence.

For information on the music festival, contact Leigh at (928) 380-6322. For information about art and food vending booths, contact Sonwy at (602) 692-3086 and for information about the Hopi-Spanish Research Project, call Stewart Koyiyumptwa, HCPO Archivist at (928) 734-2615.

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