Native Trails is a series of free performances running from January through April. Find the Native American performers at the Scottsdale Civic Center from noon to 1:30 p.m. most Thursdays and Saturdays. Map to Scottsdale Civic Center
The series of free festivals is staged at the Scottsdale Civic Center Mall in downtown Scottsdale and celebrates Native American society while focusing on the individual cultures of tribes who reside throughout the Southwest. Performers present their tribal history, pottery, textiles and more to introduce attendees to the diverse lifestyles of the native people. Musical performances incorporate traditional instruments such as flutes, gourds and drums and dances range from Navajo dancing to the new three artist hoop dance, a high energy performance with synchronized movements and cameo routines. Tribes represented include Salt River Pima-Maricopa, Hopi, Yavapai, Apache and Diné (Navajo).
In addition to the performances, the festival grounds also play host to national ambassadors who showcase their craft-making skills. Each performance ends in an audience-participation round dance that draws in the crowd and completes the educational journey.
For more information on Native Trails (including black-out dates), visit the Native Trails website or contact the Scottsdale Convention & Visitors Bureau at (480) 421-1004 or toll-free at (800) 782-1117.