I am guilty of totally procrastinating on sharing this information, even though I doubt that anyone will find this as surprising news. It is with heavy heart that I announce that the Huajatolla Heritage Festival scheduled for June 6th and 7th 2020 has also fallen victim to this scary pandemic that has invaded every aspect of our lives. In March, we started getting cancellations long before we were coming to the realization that our lives were being changed forever. The Festival is not being rescheduled at this point. Our plan will be to offer some smaller events once we understand the longer-term implications and when we can safely gather again. A piece of good news is that the extraordinary performers, Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontenelle, have committed to coming to La Veta at a “to be determined date” in a celebration of life. Please follow all the guidelines and stay home. Or if you must go out, be responsible and wear a mask while honoring the 6 foot rule. And if you are wringing your hands about this, please wring them under hot water with soap!
I have no excuses for my negligence in keeping posts current for Huajatolla Heritage Foundation. Sometimes the only thing I am Queen of is procrastination!
There are always good things happening behind the scenes with our fledgling non-profit. We sponsored a most successful Traditions Winter Market on December 7th. We were fortunate to participate in the Spanish Peaks Business Alliance on December 12th and had our work validated monetarily through donations of community members that believe in our mission of honoring cultural diversity in our area through art, education and presentation. We are so grateful to have others recognize the value of our work.
We are working on planning our 4th Huajatolla Heritage Festival. It will be June 6th and 7th and again held on the grounds of Francisco Fort Museum. We are fortunate that Shelly Morningsong and Fabian Fontanelle will be returning as our featured guests. Shelly was named the Native American Music Performer of the Year (as well as winning in two other categories). That will come as no surprise to any that got to meet Shelly and Fabian and see their performances. Not only are they world class performers, they also are two of the nicest, most sincere individuals I have ever met. In addition to appearing both days at the Festival, they will also be offering a concert to support our work Saturday evening, June 6th at the Mercantile. They put on performances around the world. We are so lucky they love La Veta!
We are also working on our children’s art programs to promote cultural literacy. This is an important part of the work we do. The last two summers we offered a once a week program over a 10-week span. We also offered a limited version of the program during the school year in Walsenburg through the Sangre de Cristo Center for Youth. We will be expanding our efforts in Walsenburg. It is our feeling there can be much understanding and healing achieved through creativity and we want to facilitate those opportunities!
Asking for support for our art programs, we will be one of the three non-profits vying for funding at of the Huerfano Soup project on February 6th at the La Veta Mercantile. Please consider attending. It is a fun event and a great way to learn about good work going on in our communities. Stay warm and safe in this blustery start to February!
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
-Traditional Hispanic music
Tomas of Atzalan
Shelley & Fabian
Storyteller; La LLorona
Shelley Morningsong & Fabian Fontenelle
7pm at La Veta Mercantile: $18 in advance, $20 at the door
Purchase Tickets Here
SUNDAY JUNE 9TH – 10AM TO 4PM
Opening, Festival Blessing, Drumming
Drumming, Flute, Dancing
Hip Hop Kids Crew
Shelley & Fabian
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
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.
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.