Update

Hujatolla Heritage Festival, Update

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.


Traditions Winter Market on December 7th.

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!

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

2019 Festival Update

Hujatolla Heritage Festival

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/)


Shelley Morningsong and Fabian Fontanelle

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.