Location: 3960 E. 128th Avenue
Thornton, Colorado 80241
The Denver American Indian Festival will celebrate its 6th year on Saturday, September 28 and Sunday, September 29, 2019. This is a FREE, family friendly, fun festival open to all people.
The purpose of the Festival is to let all people share in and have a chance to learn about and appreciate the Native American culture through song, dance, arts, crafts, food and fun. Entrance is FREE, entertainment is FREE and we have shaded seating on both sides of the dance circle.
The Kids Zone is also FREE and lets kids make Native American crafts to take home, and we have a FREE Cultural Corner where older kids and adults can make more complex crafts and learn about Native culture. Also FREE is a Raptor Show where select birds and reptiles can be seen up close.
Over two dozen vendors will have all types of beautiful Native arts and crafts, varying from inexpensive to fine art. Shopping is FREE, buying is up to you. We have other informational booths and activities.
Hungry? For a reasonable price you can get the best Indian Fry Bread and Indian Tacos, made by Navajos with authentic ingredients.
Come be part of what is being called one of the best events in the Denver area. You and your family will have fun without breaking the budget.
We hope to see you in September and we always need volunteers and sponsors for this event. It is great fun and we help so many. Here is a positive way to give back to the community. Send questions to Fest15Chief@comcast.net.
The Board of the Denver American Indian Festival has selected One Nation Walking together located in Colorado Springs to be the charity that the festival supports this September. This annual event September 28th and 29th will be our 6th year in operation.
One Nation Walking Together strives to make a positive impact in the lives of American Indians.They provide hope and services to 40,000 people in Colorado and six surrounding states. During the festival we will be collecting winter clothing items, boots, shoes, scarfs, gloves, etc. We would ask all attendees to support this group by bringing non perishable foods to the festival. We also need unwrapped Christmas gifts for children 8-18 years of age such as athletic equipment, school and craft items and other supplies, games, books and winter clothing. It is never too early to send this message out. The need is so great at that time of year.
Here is a positive way to give back to the community. Send questions to Fest15Chief@comcast.net.
Order the movie: Te Ata
produced by the Chickasaw Nation
Several people have expressed an interest in ordering the movie Te Ata, produced by the Chickasaw Nation.
Here are the two ways the movie can be ordered!
1) go to the Chickasaw website, www.chickasaw.net, scroll down to the bottom and click on Chickasaw Outpost and find the movie. Add to cart and register then follow the checkout process.
2) call the Chickasaw Outpost at 580-332-1458 and they will take your order over the phone.
Te Ata Blue Ray DVD is $19.99, Te Ata DVD Format is $17.99, plus tax and shipping.
There is a very good documentary DVD called "Bearer of the Morning: The Life of Te Ata Thompson". It has interviews with Te Ata and family members and many additional facts of her life.The price for that DVD is $13.99 plus tax and shipping.
The Denver American Indian Festival will host the 9Health Fair during the Denver American Indian Festival, September 29 and 30.
Their services will be available both days of the festival which will be their standard health screening exams. Those volunteers will also be able to counsel American Indians about their specific health needs such as Diabetes.
A fee schedule will be posted at a later date, but as we all know the health fair can save hundreds of dollars for testing and their counseling services.
We are sending this in advance so you can make plans to come to this location this year, 3960 East 128th Avenue at Good Shepherd United Methodist Church. Flu shots will also be offered for a nominal fee.
If you would like to volunteer to help with the health fair please contact Fest15Chief@comcast.net
If you have never attended the Denver American Indian Festival you will want to spend time there too. It is free to attendees and there is something for everyone plus the best Indian Tacos and Fry Bread in the country. They need volunteers too. Lots more information to follow in the next few months.
Festival Entertainment Schedule
Entertainment for 2019
Saturday, September 28th
10:00-11:00 Opening Ceremonies, Ground Blessing, Posting of Colors, Veterans and Elders are respectfully recognized
11:00-11:45 Seven Falls Dancers, Community Dancing
12:00-12:45 Bear Limvere and the Raven Dancers (teen youth program), Community Dancing
1:00-1:45 Eric Herrera-flute
2:00-2:45 Red Feather Woman Singer Storyteller
3:00-4:00 Shelly Morningsong and Fabian Fontanelle
5:00-6:00 Closing Ceremonies, Community Dancing
Sunday, September 29th
12:00 noon- 1:00 Opening Ceremonies
1:00-1:45 Eric Herrera
1:45-2:30 Red Feather Woman
3:00-4:00 Shelly Morningsong and Fabian Fontanelle
4:00-5:00 Bear Limvere and the Raven Dancers
5:00-6:00 Closing Ceremonies
Computers for Kids
The Denver American Indian Festival has formed a partnership with the Westminster Rotary to get underprivileged children computers. The program "Computers for Kids" is underway and DAIF has been able to start the program this month by giving away three computers to three students who live in Adams County. Our goal is to give away 500 computers this year across the state. Statistics tell us that only 40% of American Indian students graduate each year and it is because they do not have the basic tools, resources, or support to succeed. WE NEED YOUR HELP. We need all the old computer systems that you are no longer using. The systems will be refurbished by Rotary and will be made available to DAIF. We need both lap top and desk top units.
"all donated computers will be wiped and formatted prior to being refurbished and distributed."
NEED YOUR HELP identifying students who need these and they do not need to be American Indian students. Education of our children is the most worthwhile project that we can support. Please contact Fest15Chief@comcast.net
for more information or to donate computers.
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