Idyllwild Arts Foundation will present its annual Native American Arts Festival Week at the Idyllwild Arts campus from June 19 to June 24.
The event, which has run each summer for more than 20 years, returns following a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The festival is designed to enhance and enrich the Idyllwild Arts Summer Program with Native American arts-based programming including an invitation exhibition, demonstrations, Native food tastings, film screenings and the Michael Kabotie Lecture Series, according to a news release.
Idyllwild Arts is the only residential art high school in the United States to offer a Native American arts program, according to the news release, and the director of this year’s Native American Arts Festival is a Native American, Shaliyah Ben (Diné).
The theme of this year’s festival is “Exploring Institutional Critique,” and the week’s programming is designed to inspire internal reflection and ignite conversations about topics that shape Indigenous communities by bringing together scientific, intuitive and trickster voices.
The opening night celebration, “Welcoming Home the Birds,” is 5-8 p.m. June 19 and will feature Native American bird singing, hands-on activities, traditional food tastings and artist vendors.
The invitational exhibition, “Looking at Us: Exploring Institutional Critique,” will welcome five of the six participating artists to the exhibition’s opening June 20 and engage the public through an in-person panel discussion.
The Michael Kabotie Lecture Series returns to campus for in-person lectures during the noon hour June 21-23.
At 6 p.m. June 23 there will be a free public screening at Rustic Theatre in town of “Saging the World” and “Powerlands,” films dealing with environmental issues in Indian country. There will be a question-and-answer session with the film producers and directors following the screenings.
The week will conclude with a live concert 7 p.m. June 24 by Alaska’s Intuit Soul Musical Group PAMYUA.
All events are free and open to the public.
Idyllwild Arts will also welcome chef Freddie Bitsoie (Diné) as the resident guest chef who will provide food tastings throughout the festival, including recipe samples from his newly published cookbook “New Native Kitchen: Celebrating Modern Recipes of the American Indian.”
For the full schedule of workshops and events, go to idyllwildarts.org/nativeamericanarts.
Idyllwild Arts Academy is at 52500 Temecula Road, Idyllwild.