Shelley Morningsong

Artist

At the Huajatolla Heritage Festival in June 2019 we were so honored with Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontanelle being our featured guest artists.  They won all our hearts with their talent, warmth and engaging personalities.  They also fell in love with all the good things and people that make up La Veta.   We hope to have them back in 2020.

Shelley has been honored with three nominations by the Native American Music Awards, including the most prestigious award “Entertainer of the Year”.  She is certainly deserving of that in our book!  Please help make that a reality by casting a vote for Shelley.  She is also nominated in the “Best Blues Recording” and “Best Radio Program”.  I voted and it is somewhat laborious as there are many categories to go through and there were only a couple of other performers that I had any familiarity with.  It just felt so good to vote for our friend, Shelley.

TO CAST YOUR VOTE GO TO:  https://www.nativeamericanmusicawards.com/19th-awards-gala

EDMOND NEVAQUAYA COMING TO LA VETA

Artist
by Edmond Nevaquaya

Huajatolla Heritage Foundation proudly presents Edmond Nevaquaya, Comanche, from Apache Oklahoma at the Art Of Storytelling on Saturday, September 14 10-5PM at La Veta Mercantile.  He will be one of the 4 artists displaying and selling their Native American themed art.  Edmond will also be performing on stage during the day.  At 7PM he will headline a flute concert.  All events are free.

Edmond has been recognized around the world as an ambassador of the Native American culture as well as throughout the United States. 

Edmond learned early to practice, respect and recognize the importance of traditional Indian ceremonies and culture.  He is very knowledgeable of his Comanche traditions and culture, as well as the beliefs, practices and cultures of the Southern Plains and the Midwestern Anishinaabe tribes of North America.  Edmond has a kind and caring way when sharing his knowledge with people of all colors.  Edmond presently shares his talents worldwide and locally as a prevention and life ways consultant using his talent and knowledge of the Native American culture he was born. 

Carla Romero – Bio

Artist

Carla Romero, a self-taught artist has been drawing since she was a young child and painting for over 25 years.  We are so proud that she now makes her home in Huerfano County.

Born in Colorado, Romero feels a strong connection to mountains, nature and wildlife; but also a bond with the Native Americans and the southwest. In 1987 she visited the Taos Pueblo for the first time, which was an awakening of her art and vision and launched her pursuit of a professional career. She got her start in a Taos gallery while still working for a large retail chain. Within a year she was able to quit her retail job and paint full time. Since then, Romero has achieved much acclaim as a painter of the southwest.

by Carla Romero

She paints mainly in watercolor, but also works with acrylics on canvas. Romero’s extraordinary and bold usage of color is clearly only one of the defining elements that one might use in describing the feeling and emotion that her work evokes. Her paintings are exhibited in fine art galleries throughout Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona and California.

She was selected as the featured artist for Legacy Art Albuquerque in 2006, succeeding Amado Pena, Dave McGary, JD Challenger and Tom Wheeler. Her paintings and limited edition prints are highly collectable and are part of commercial and private collections throughout the United States and abroad.

An important facet of Romero’s work is her strong belief that her ideas and creativity are gifts from God. She starts each painting with a prayer and ends with an expression of thanks, therefore there is a deep spiritual awareness that one discovers in her work.

Arthur Short Bull – Bio

Artist

Arthur Short Bull is a brilliant watercolorist whose vision strives to capture the spirit of his Oglala heritage. What I hope to achieve through my work is to help others see and experience the spirit that exists in all things, states Short Bull.

White Buffalo Calf Woman

Being raised in a traditional family on the Pine Ridge reservation gives Short Bull special insight into the history, culture and spirituality of the Lakotas. Arthur’s great-grandfather was Grant Short Bull, uncle to famed artist and historian, Amos Bad Heart Bull and younger brother of He Dog. In 1930, the last of the old men who rode with Crazy Horse, He Dog and Grant Short Bull were two of Mari Sandozs sources for her book, Crazy Horse … Strange Man of the Oglalas.

A recipient of the 2006 First Peoples Fund Cultural Capital Program Fellowship, Arthur’s project involved utilizing his Wounded Knee series of paintings and poems as a vehicle to promote Lakota culture and history. He continues to develop this series as an educational tool to reach out to the Native community, primarily the youth, to increase their knowledge of Native history, especially in regards to Wounded Knee. He also was a 2009 First Peoples Fund Business in Leadership Fellowship recipient. 

Lone Scout

Arthur was commissioned to paint one of the official White House ornaments for the 2007 Christmas tree used in the Blue Room. He also painted three ornaments for the 2007 Nebraska State Capitol Christmas Tree. In keeping with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service, artists from around the country were commissioned to paint specific scenes on the softball-sized ornaments sent to them. Short Bulls challenge: Agate Fossil Beds National Monument in Harrison, Nebraska. He is a frequent artist-in-residence at Agate Fossil Beds Monument.

Long recognized for an ongoing series on Wounded Knee and images of the Ghost Dance, Arthur presents new work on this theme as well as images inspired by the Siouan mystery clan societies and shamans. New work appears in another ongoing theme, Wind Women. Short Bulls recent projects include Lakota Dreams — Black Elks Vision as well as an ongoing series honoring Tasunka Witko (Crazy Horse).

Wounded Knee

Long recognized for an ongoing series on Wounded Knee and images of the Ghost Dance, Arthur presents new work on this theme as well as images inspired by the Siouan mystery clan societies and shamans. New work appears in another ongoing theme, Wind Women. Short Bulls recent projects include Lakota Dreams — Black Elks Vision as well as an ongoing series honoring Tasunka Witko (Crazy Horse).

David Behrens – Bio

Artist

David Behrens is a nationally acclaimed artist whose sensitivity and insight into Native American culture and history have placed him in the forefront of this growing art movement. His unique approach of blending iconic Native American images and moving, provocative themes cut to the heart and have made him one of the most sought after and collectible artists in the nation and abroad.


Five Cent Peace

The art of David Behrens is distinct, heartfelt and instantly recognizable. His style of painting blends realism, concept and imagination all built around provocative portions of Native American history and culture. “Art has always been a natural extension of who I am, a flow that has coursed through me as far back as I can remember”. Seeing his talent for art as a gift, and a gift by definition is something that cannot be earned but only received, David feels that being an artist is both a privilege and an immense responsibility. Bearing this truth within himself David shares “I believe the goal of every one of my paintings is to let the story, the emotion, the mystic fire move through me and into the painting.” Elaborating further David adds “The concepts and statements I weave into my paintings are so much bigger than I am. The feelings I give voice to are not just my own but in a sense my paintings echo a collective consciousness, articulate a deeper truth and emotes for the hearts of many. I am always humbled when I am aware this is happening. There is a certain healing energy that flows through art, as if God was whispering his kindness to a weary soul.”

“Art” of Storytelling Artist

Free Events

RAYMOND and GABBY TENORIO beads

The artists RAYMOND and GABBY TENORIO of Santo Domingo Pueblo are a perfect representation and Guardians of the tradition of KEWA PUEBLO.

The Tenorio’s will bring their exquisite bead jewelry to the La Veta Mercantile as part of the Art of Storytelling event on September 14th 10-5PM.

Since the beginning of times the Pueblo has been well known for its ability to make the most colorful natural jewelry. Beads, inlays, heishi form divine combination of colors and forms… all with just the eyes for measuring tool!

Please join us at this Free event September 14th

The “Art” of Storytelling

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SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 14TH, 10-5 PM:  THE ART OF STORYTELLING at the La Veta Mercantile
Huajatolla Heritage Foundation proudly presents four incredible artists that each portray the story of Native Americans in their own unique interpretation.  Timothy Nevaquaya, Carla Romero, David Behrens and Arthur Short Bull will be showing (and selling) their work.  You will be able to meet the artists and learn the understanding and motivation that fuels their creativity.  During the day there will be presentations on stage regarding the rich contributions of Native Americans. In addition to his impactful artwork, Timothy Nevaquaya is also recognized as one of the finest Native American flute players in the country and his flute music will be shared during the event.   Timothy also will offer a presentation on Native American Weather Prophecy.  His wife, Alicia, an environmental lawyer representing tribal interests will present some of the issues she is working with.  Alicia is also a Kiowa basket maker and will be doing demonstrations.  This promises to be a day of riches and learning.  Free.  Donations appreciated! 

Workshop Approaching Fast

Kent Nerburn

The long-awaited summer has arrived…. and now it seems to be evaporating! There are many events occurring here in the Cuchara Valley. We are blessed with an abundance of amazing talent. We still have high hopes of being able to host the much (and deservedly) acclaimed author Kent Nerburn in a workshop in Cuchara September 14th and 15th. With group participation, he will share is insights on Native American spirituality, love of nature and place, and the core of our creative selves.The total number of participants is limited to 40 so that there can be an intimacy in sharing Mr. Nerburn as well as the other facilitators in making this a most meaningful event. Deadline for registrations is August 1st. Please register now before things fill up, or contact us if you would like more details.

Click here to Register for the workshop

Click here to get your tickets for the concert

Photographed from the deck of the event venue in Cuchara Colorado.

2019 Festival Schedule

Hujatolla Heritage Festival
2017 Festival in the Park

Join us at the Francisco Fort Museum in La Veta Colorado
306 S. Main St. this weekend. Free admission to the museum and events. Great Vendors & Great Food.

SATURDAY JUNE 8TH – 10AM TO 5PM

Opening; Festival Blessing, Drumming
Raising of the tipi
Oress DeHerrera
-Traditional Hispanic music
Tomas of Atzalan
Drumming
Children Dancing
Flute playing
Shelley & Fabian
Storyteller; La LLorona
Live Music

BENEFIT CONCERT

Shelley Morningsong & Fabian Fontenelle
7pm at La Veta Mercantile: $18 in advance, $20 at the door

Purchase Tickets Here


Shelley Morningsong & Fabian Fontenelle

SUNDAY JUNE 9TH – 10AM TO 4PM

Opening, Festival Blessing, Drumming
Drumming, Flute, Dancing
Hip Hop Kids Crew
Shelley & Fabian
Live Music
Taking down the tipi
Drumming closing ceremony

Jason Younis Y Delgado & Sean Wells

Saturday & Sunday at La Veta Library
11am | Sean Wells – Traditional Hispano Art/Day of the Dead
12pm | Celinda Kaelin – Native Americans of Pikes Peak area
1pm | David Behrens – Native American Story told through Art
2pm | Jason Younis Y Delgado – Tinsmithing through 5 Generations

David Behrens

David Behrens & Celinda Reynolds Kaelin

Hujatolla Heritage Festival, Update

Will be joining us at this year’s festival.

Celinda Reynolds Kaelin is a poet, author, lecturer, and ethnohistorian who is privileged to work and study with indigenous Elders and spiritual leaders from over seventy First Nations.

Celinda is a Cherokee grandmother who has dedicated her life to the healing of the Sacred Hoop, and follows the Lakota spiritual traditions as a Pipe Carrier and a Sun Dancer. She has completed fifteen Sun Dances with the Lakota. She is proud to be an adopted member of both the Lakota Nation and the Ute Nation.


Celinda Reynolds Kaelin

She is a member of the World Council of Elders, and has traveled extensively with these traditional spiritual Elders, performing Earth healing ceremonies in North and South America. Kaelin is adjunct professor at Colorado College, and is the author of six books, including, Journey Song: A spiritual Legacy of the American Indian (Four Directions, 1998), Pikes Peak Backcountry (Caxton, 1999), American Indians of the Pikes Peak Region (Arcadia, 2008), and Ute Legends (Caxton, 2017).