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Mark your calendar for American Indian Heritage Festival

September 13, 2011

In honor of Native American Recognition Days, the Deer Valley Rock Art Center will host a family-fun festival from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Nov. 19, at the center, 3711 W. Deer Valley Road, Phoenix.

The free American Indian Heritage Festival, which will include activities for the whole family, will highlight the music, art, culture, food and traditions of Arizona’s American Indians:

• Learn the Tohono O'odham two-step with live Waila music by “Friends”

• Sample indigenous cuisine with Chef Harrison Watchman (Diné)

• Meet American Indian artists and browse art sale

• Listen to traditional stories and cultural presentations

• Hike the petroglyph trail

• Explore the nature preserve and ethnobotanical garden

The Deer Valley Rock Art Center has the largest concentration of Native American petroglyphs in the Phoenix Valley. Visitors hike a quarter-mile trail to view more than 1,500 petroglyphs made between 500 and 7,000 years ago. The museum aims to promote preservation, connection and respect for the site and is a destination for families to learn about archaeology in their own backyard.

The Center is managed by one of the top archaeology programs in the country – the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Arizona State University.

For more information, call (623) 582-8007, or go to