Native Trails song and dance fests kick off this Saturday


Native Trails is a free outdoor festival celebrating the Native American cultures of the Southwest through song and dance.

Each event brings together traditional instruments, colorful dances and authentic attire to share the stories of Southwest tribes.

Audiences enjoy performances such as the Southwest horse dance, inter-tribal pow-wow dancing, world class hoop dancing and the participatory round dance.

Native Trails also features American Indian artisans selling specialty items such as jewelry, baskets, flutes and paintings, as well as light snacks and beverages.

Guests are invited to bring blankets, lawn chairs or picnic baskets. The free series takes place from noon to 1 p.m. most Thursdays and Saturdays Jan. 9 through March 31, on the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall.

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