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Indian Market and Cultural Festival

Friday, January 23, 2015 at 9:00 AM
to Sunday, January 25, 2015 at 5:00 PM

Experience Authentic Native American Culture and Artistry

The Town of Carefree and Magic Bird Festivals will host the 4th AWork by Silversmith Gary Sancheznnual Carefree Indian Market and Cultural Festival, 10:00am-5:00pm, Friday, January 23 – Sunday, January 25, 2015  in the Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion at the Carefree Desert Gardens, 101 Easy Street, Carefree, Arizona.

Admission to the event is free.

The event hosts 100 distinguished artists, whose creations celebrate Native American culture and artisanship, as well as music and dance performers from across the region. Many of the invited artists are recognized under the Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990 that validates the authenticity of the exhibitors.



Brian Hammill Photo: Adam Rodriguez
Brian Hammill Photo: Adam Rodriguez

Dance and music performances will take place throughout the weekend, including traditional Native American hoop dancing. A Native American and Southwestern Culinary Food Court will serve savory festival fare.  Over 10,000 visitors are expected to attend.

The Indian Marketplace will feature handcrafted beadwork and jewelry. Sculptures and paintings will also be available for purchase, as well as handmade Native American musical instruments.

For more information, call 480-488-2014 or visit

This year’s feature performer is world-champion hoop dancer, Brian Hammill of Native Spirit Productions. Native Spirit is a cultural entertainment company that represents tribal nations throughout the United States and Canada.


Moontee Sinquah Photo: Jerry Williamson
Moontee Sinquah Photo: Jerry Williamson

Alongside his family, Hammill will perform Native American dance arrangements to the beat of traditional tribal music. Brian Hammill has been a part of the Magic Bird Indian Market and Cultural Festival since the beginning.

World-champion hoop dancer, Moontee Sinquah, will also be in attendance. Moontee specializes in traditional Hopi songs and dances. Spectators can view the live entertainment in the open air Sanderson Lincoln Pavilion.

Many of the vendors, like respected silversmith, Gary Sanchez, enjoy the intimacy that the Carefree Desert Gardens provide. The beautiful, outdoor garden paths allow visitors to take their time and truly experience all the festival has to offer. The artists also feel they have more time to connect with their customers, in Sanchez’s words, “The town really does deserve the name of Carefree.”