Join The Tesoro Cultural Center’s annual Indian Market and Ceremonial Dance on Saturday & Sunday, June 4 & 5, 2022, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Award-winning Native American artists sell their wares, demonstrate their crafts in a juried show and share their artistic traditions throughout the day in impromptu and scheduled demonstrations.
Entertainment includes performances, music, honoring of a veteran, as well as Nature’s Educators demonstrations, and exhibits from Denver Museum of Nature and Science and History Colorado. Delicious cuisine from The Fort Restaurant will be available.
In addition, you’ll find Colorado’s largest authentic and juried American Indian art show, featuring nationally acclaimed artists in a variety of mediums including pottery, sculpture and jewelry.
Guests are invited to meet and engage with prominent members of American Indian nations and learn about their history and daily lives in the modern age. Many nations rely on oral histories to stay connected to their ancestors and attendees young and old are invited to revel in storytelling in The Fort’s courtyard.
Demonstrations by Nature’s Educators involving live hawks and eagles will reveal why these birds of prey are so important to American Indian culture, and the Denver Museum of Nature and Science and History Colorado will have exhibits for exploration.
A Kids’ Corner, complete with various art projects and crafts, gives the young (and young at heart) an opportunity for hands-on learning. Guests are even invited to participate in a group dance, presented and performed by the Southern Cheyenne Nation.
Nationally acclaimed and award-winning American Indian artists will demonstrate their work in a juried show, displaying a variety of mediums from jewelry and beadwork to pottery, watercolor, wood carving and more.
Longtime artist attendees returning this year include Benny Begay (Diné Navajo) from Fountain Hills, Ariz., who crafts handmade, high-quality jewelry featuring fine inlay and stamp work; Pahponee (Kickapoo/Potawatomi), a bronze and clay artist from Elizabeth, Colo. who molds stunning pottery fired with buffalo chips; and Levi, both ceremonial director and artist, is a ledger artist and painter from Mustang, Okla.
Alongside celebrations of art, dance performances and cultural heritage, Tesoro’s Indian Market honors outstanding American Indian veterans each year with an intimate, engaging ceremony to thank them for their service.
This year’s honoree is Sgt. Bradford Lee Black Crow (Southern Cheyenne, Arapaho), for his service in the United States Army. Born in Fort Belknap, MT, Sgt. Black Crow enlisted in the Army in 1992 and was deployed to Iraq in February 2004 during operation Iraqi Freedom II, attached to the I Marine Expeditionary Force, 82nd Airborne Division, 1st Infantry Division and Black Water Security as force protection.
Serving valiantly during his tour, Sgt. Black Crow was awarded many medals upon the completion of his tour, including the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, two National Defense Medals and more, qualifying him as an Expert Rifleman. Levi will conduct a special ceremony to honor Sgt. Black Crow’s dedication to his country and his home states of Oklahoma and Montana.
Admission is $10 for adults with youngsters under 12 FREE. You can buy tickets here.
Proceeds support the Tesoro Cultural Center. Parking is FREE.
The Fort is at 19192 Hwy. 8, Morrison, 303-839-1671.