Indian art in Litchfield Park, Arizona – A January tradition

Shopping at the Litchfield Park Native American Art Show

Shopping at the Litchfield Park Native American Art Show - Gourd Masks

Litchfield Park, Arizona, just west of Phoenix, is a lovely town with a well-known historic resort.  But it’s the annual Native American art festival that draws us year after year each January.

With all the hubbub of the holidays over, thoughts often turn to decorating our homes. Visitors throng to Scottsdale, across the valley, for the annual car shows. Those who faithfully collect Native American art and jewelry and those looking for something interesting to do while on a winter getaway will enjoy the Litchfield Native American Art Show.

Quality Arts and Crafts
The Litchfield show is a juried show meaning the artists must go through a selection process. The art you see is genuine Native American art exhibited by the people that make the items. Most artists are from Arizona. You’ll see Hopi carvers, Navajo jewelry makers, metal artists and sand painters. Often you’ll see Pueblo potters from as far away as New Mexico.

The event has a festival atmosphere with authentic foods (Navajo tacos and fry bred), artist demonstrations, and not-to-be missed musical performances and traditional dancing. Often Arvel Bird will perform as well as local dance troupes.

You’ll not have to walk far as Scout Park, in central Litchfield Park, is a small area. There are 200 artists. Not all of them have separate tents and booths. Under the two large tents you’ll find fantastic jewelry, pottery, knives and more sold at small 6 ft. tables. A lot of talent is squeezed into a rather small area. When we go to the Litchfield show, we often walk and look at the offerings once without buying, and then walk the area again and go back to our favorite artists.

Dancer at the Litchfield Park Native American Art Show

Dancer at the Litchfield Park Native American Art Show

Staying at the Wigwam Resort
If you want to stay in Litchfield Park, you’ll enjoy the history and the luxury of the Wigwam Resort, located not far from the show. The resort has recently been renovated. This Arizona landmark and Historic Hotel of America couples historic charm with a truly modern sense of adventure. The resort has  331 casitas and suites. Activities include golf, an on-site spa, four pools – including a new 25-foot tower with twisting water slides, and restaurants. More on the Wigwam.

2012 Information
Dates: January 7th and 8th, 2012
Hours: 10 am to 5 pm each day
Cost: $5.00 per person with children under 12 free
More information: 623-935-9040
Featuring over 200 of the finest Soutwest Native American artists. A variety of Native American art, entertainment and learning opportunities.

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Native American Art and Jewelry

Photo Credit: Elizabeth R. Rose