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
Shelley Morningsong & Fabian Fontenelle 7pm at La Veta Mercantile: $18 in advance, $20 at the door
Opening, Festival Blessing, Drumming Drumming, Flute, Dancing Hip Hop Kids Crew Shelley & Fabian Live Music Taking down the tipi Drumming closing ceremony
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
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.
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).
The Huajatolla Heritage Foundation is honored to announce the addition of two more Award-Winning Artists to this year’s festival. Sean Wells & Jason Younis y Delgado.
Sean’s Day of the Dead themed artwork has been featured on internationally distributed beer labels (Cerveza de los Muertos), nationally distributed wine labels (La Catrina Vino) and New Mexico Lottery Scratchers for which she received a national award for top scratcher design. She is an award-winning 5th generation Spanish Colonial artist and juried member of the Spanish Colonial Arts Society in the retablo category and proud to show annually at the prestigious Traditional Spanish Market in Santa Fe New Mexico alongside her award-winning tinsmith brother Jason Younis y Delgado where they share their unique collaborations. Through art and education, Sean aspires to bring an appreciation for the Hispanic traditions and culture of Northern New Mexico to a broader audience. Sean was most honored to receive “Best Visual Artist” in 2016 by the readers of Albuquerque the Magazine.
Jason Younis y Delgado, a Santa Fe Native, was taught the art of tinsmithing by his Grandmother and Great Uncle from an early age. Today, he continues the craft of five generations, participating in local shows and demonstrations. He also teaches classes through local parks and the Albuquerque Senior Centers.
Really exciting things are building for a wonderful summer
of great offerings. The Hujatolla
Heritage Festival is set for June 8th and 9th. This year we are working closely with the
Francisco Fort Museum and will hold the Festival on the Museum grounds. And what a fine Festival it is shaping up to
be two full days of great guests, artists, vendors and presenters all coming
together for a memorable event. Please
mark it on your calendar. If you are an
out of town guest, you might want to consider making your lodging reservations
now. The La Veta-Cuchara Chamber of Commerce
has a complete list of lodging hosts (https://lavetacucharachamber.com/visitor-info/where-to-stay/)
There will be events occurring all day long on the museum
grounds including a performance by Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontanelle. Shelley and Fabian are multiple award-winning
performers that charm local and international audiences with their electrifying
performances. Not only will they both
days in the museum courtyard. They will
also be performing in a full concert at 7PM on Saturday evening (June 8th)
at the La Veta Mercantile. We will be
offering more information about Shelley and Fabian soon, but if you can’t wait
check out their website: https://shelleymorningsongonline.com
. We are so fortunate they are coming to
our community. You are in for a treat.