PERFORMERS & VOLUNTEERS
Native Art Market is dedicated to Native culture and empowerment. The west end of the market in our main tent we have live entertainment. All our performers are of Native American descent and explain the representation of their performance before demonstrating thier (he)art work.
Jonah Littlesunday was one of the first and only performers at Native Art Market. He is a world renowned flute player who joined Native Art Market with the simple goal of providing beautiful sound throughout the Market for shoppers. With Native Art Markets expansion, Jonah, now acts as our Master of Ceremonies. He spends the day providing sound, organizing performers, and entertaining the audience. You can find Jonah playing the Navajo Flute every Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 4pm.
Madeline is our versatile women dancer. She was one of the first performers to offer her performances as a opputunity to improve the experience of the market. Madeline mastered both the Jingle Dance and Fancy Shawl. Her idea to provide live performances throughout the day has enhanced the market and provided another route to indigenous empowerment, for not just our artists but performers as well.
Joey "Chief Dancing Horse"
Chief Dancinghorse is a champion dancer from Saskatchewan, Canada. He has performed at the opening ceremony for the Olympics. And now provides traditional dancing and live drum and singing performances for the Native Art Market. His duo performance includes his protege and adopted son Brennan Morningchild.
Jorge Gonzalez, also named, Mr. Scottsdale at Scottsdale Community College is a hoop dancer from the SRPMIC local community. His positive energy and beautiful dances provide the market with a unique demonstration you can rely on seeing every weekend.
Mr. Redhawk Fancy demonstrates the Men's fancy dance. Men's fancy dance is flashy, colorful and highly energetic. It requires strength and stamina and is usually performed by younger men and boys. The drum can play a medium war beat, a ruffle, crow hop, and a fast beat. It is always expected that a fancy dancer should do a pose at each end of the beat
Red Mountain Performance Group
Red Mountain Performance Group is a family from the SRPMIC (Salt River Pima Maricopa Indian Community). They perform a rare explanation and demonstration of the basket dance. The father does his own singing and drumming while their daughter and son do different styles of dances from the SRPMIC. These newer performers offer a unique demonstration of the local tribe. (Native Art Market is hosted by on SRPMIC land).
Neon Nativez is an up and coming Electronic DJ whose unique sounds mixes the old with the new. His music takes traditional Native sounds and songs and mixes it with an electronic twist. His monthly visits to the Market bring a fun and energetic energy. Our dancers have joined in during his set to make his performance one of a kind. Watch as pow wow dancers move to modern electronic music.
Cody Blackbird Band
2017 & 2019 Native American Music Awards "Group of the Year"
Raw, honest, organic, indigenous. 5x Native American Music Award Winning Musicians The Cody Blackbird Band's last two albums were Produced by 37 year band veteran Kenny Lee Lewis of the 2016 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducted Steve Miller Band.
The Cody Blackbird Band has shared the bill with such artists as The Black Eyed Peas, Michael Franti, Nahko Bear, The Wailers and many more.
One Way Sky
One Way Sky is an Alternative Rock band consisting of four band members from SRPMIC nation. Band Members include Adrian D Thomas, Cody Steven Bruguier, Lomakoyva, Lee Manual. Find them rocking out with us on Special Events weekends!
Cecil Manuel is an elder who demonstrates traditional hoop dancing. Hoop dancing is a form of storytelling through dance. An Indigenous hoop dancer uses hoops to create shapes as they move to music. The hoops represent animals, symbols and designs and are sometimes put together to make spheres.
Jay Begaye is grammy nominated and provides drumbeats, singing and storytelling. His traditionals stories, beliefs and teachings of being a family man provides a warm hearted performance that will bring tears to your eyes.
Facebook: Jay Begaye
Brennan Morningchild partners with Cheif Dancinghorse in performances and live drums and singing. Both from the First Nations, he is a 23 year old grass dancer who brings a young spirit with Chief Dancinghorse by his side.
VOLUNTEERS & STAFF
Native Art Market is a not for profit project. Here is a list of awesome people who dedicate thier time and efforts to creating the first year of Native Art Market 2018-2019.
Kya and Shanelle Todechine
Kya and Shanelle help with the information booth. They provide visitors with a information about the market. They encourage donations through the sales of Native inspired items sold at the Native Art Market booth. All proceeds go back into making the market bigger and better.
Edwin Todechine (Volunteer)
Edwin Todechine has been selected as our the markets personal maintenence man. Providing us with transporation of all items need for the market before and after the market is finished. He spends alot of time helping at the information booth. Providing information and donations for the market.
Michael Angelo (Volunteer)
Micheal Angelo helps us with setting up and tearing down market. He is also improving his customer service skills by participating in providing information about the market to visitors.
Andrea Correa (Volunteer)
Andrea Correa is from the Navajo Nation and currently serves in the United States Air Force. She has stepped in to help with the the administration part of the program. She helps with vendor and artists organization, and customer service. You can find her hanging out at the info booth in her spare time on weekends.
Founders & Management
Native Art Market is Native American owned and operated. Functioning as a Non-Profit organization, Denise and Heather Tracy are the mother-daughter team who created the market and now host and organize over two thousand vendor opportunities. Denise and Heather are now in their fifth generation of artistry. Their family has already thrived in Arizona's tourism industry for almost 100 years. Having found significant profits in creating and selling their own jewelry, pottery and crafts, they strive to only deal directly with tourists and locals throughout Arizona since 1932. In 2012, Heather branded her family’s personal craft business "Navajo Secrets." Making it possible for clientele and artisans, alike, to find them easily in person or online. In 2018, Heather and Denise founded and created Native Art Market to give other artisans that same opportunity to thrive within their own small business to create self sufficiency. This would also give tourists and local residents easy access to Native art and culture without leaving the Phoenix Metropolitan area. Taking two years to find a applicable location, Native Art Market celebrates two successful years and has expanded to help host other Native Markets for larger events and organization (I.E. Cornerstone Productions in Los Angeles). Navajo Secrets is still a nomadic business and, to date, still relies on vending opportunities and art shows. However, their brand, knowledge, and resources, have made it possible to provide a pathway for other Native artists to achieve significant profits throughout the winter. Navajo Secrets still thrives and provides Native handcrafted items locally and worldwide.