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Az Tourist News - February 2009

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STATEWIDEATTRACTIONS
Page 10
FESTIVALSFEB.-APR.
Pages 5 — 9
REGIONAL TRAVEL
Pages 34 — 35
NATIVEAMERICAN
Page 3 & 33
PETFRIENDLY
Page 31
OUTDOORRECREATION
Page 32
RV RESORTS &CAMPGROUNDS
Pages 36 — 39
February 2009
Native American Celebrations in Arizona
 
Opening Cultural Windows
 42nd Annual O’OdhamTash Indian Days13th AnnualIntertribal Pow WowSouthwest Indian Art FairMul-Chu-Tha Fair& Rodeo
 
P  •
www.ztoist.com
February 2009
P  • S AZ
Az Tot Nw, P.O. Box 5083, Ton, AZ, 85703.To F (800) 4628705, (520) 6227008,(520) 6227275 Fax, ma nfo@aztot.om,www.aztot.om
MAiN OFFice -TucsON
Publisher/Editor. . . . . . . Anthony VenutiEditor. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Charlis McVeyArt Director. . . . . . .... Manny StaceyAssociate Editor. . . . . . . . Pam MarloweRegional AccountManager. . . . . . . . . . . . Byron MarloweSenior AccountExecutive. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Dan Frey
To advertise call (800) 462-8705 or emailpublisher@aztourist.com. AZ Tourist News invites youto use, without permission, any editorial portion. AzTourist News © 2008. 60,000 copies distributed region-ally at 1,200 locations - Visitors centers, hotels, resorts,RV Parks, Travel Centers and more!
suBMissiONs OF ArTicles &Press releAses:
Deadline February 15, 2009. To charlis@actarizona.com.
Press releases, etc. are always welcomed.
eveNT suBMissiON guideliNes (eMAil ONly):
Due to the demand for listing events, we have set the following guidelines. We hope that these will clarify our criteria.
1. spa Aaabt:
We simply cannot list all the events we receive. We reserve the right to select appropriate event listingsand when space is tight, we will give first priority to those who partner with us.
2. lnth:
25-30 words in length or 180 characters. This should include the necessary information such as event title, date,venue, brief description of event, admission and public contact number for further information. The name of the city is notincluded in the word count.
3. Tp:
Tourism / Visitor related... typically this leaves out charitable events and events that would draw from only the partici-pants’family, friends and like demographic reach, unless these have a particularly “western”or Arizona theme.
Events to be e-mailed to
cha@atazona.om
 
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Apah Junton ...........................................................11Attaton ...................................................................10cnta Azona ........................................................11-17
cooao r ron ................................................22-25
evnt, Fatu ...................................................5, 20-21Fbuay evnt .........................................................6-7Mah evnt .............................................................8-9Ap evnt ..................................................................9gob - Mam ...............................................................12
gan canon .................................................................19lak Haau ct .............................................................24lon............................................................................4Ma ..............................................................................17Mxo ...........................................................................35Nat Aman cutu .................................................33Nothn AZ...............................................................18-19Outoo raton ........................................................32Pak ............................................................................25Pt Fn Azona ........................................................31Phonx Mto ...........................................................14-17Quatzt ......................................................................23rm count ...................................................................13rv rot & campoun.........................................36-39sotta ......................................................................16southn Azona .......................................................26-30sW rona ...................................................................34statw Map ..........................................................20-21Tuon .......................................................................27-30
contnt
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Ech nd v month w povid 6,
copies of Az Tourist News. Readers, such as
osl, com om ll ov th wold. Wold
travelers touring Arizona appreciate Az TouristNews as the resource that it is, and frankly ... NOONE else, even the Arizona Office of Tour
-ism with ll o its dgt (soon to  dsticll dcsd, i not limintd), povids sch soc.Wold tvls  not th onl ons tht ppcit th
information we provide. California and Arizona residents,often traveling the Southwest/Sonoran Desert regions 3-6 timesannually, depend on Az Tourist News.We are not going away, we are thriving. As more and more
pint mdi go down th toilt totll o  dsticll dcd,
the value AZ Tourist News provides simply becomes greater.The reason is simple. We publish information that is neces
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sary and appreciated by the READER. We provide value toadvertisers by ensuring that our readers read and keep ourinformation. When this is done it BENEFITS our advertiserswho make the publishing of this paper possible. We ask you …PLEASE … support our Advertisers as THEY support you, the
tvling plic.
Our business model is the diametric opposite of what tradi
-tionl nwspps do. W “giv to gt.” B poviding gtis list-ings o  lodging, dining nd ttctions tht o dshipnds, w  l to lvg sinsss to invst thi m-
keting dollars with us. Like Baskin and Robbins, we are quick 
to giv o  “ tst o th ic cm,” t th con is to 
ltt Fom th Pubh
purchased. We operate with a Contact Management System /Database that all of our associate editors and salespeople use,thus keeping our calls from being annoyances as opposed totimely opportunities to partner with AZTN.Does your business, destination, lodging facility depend ontravelers throughout the region to make you profitable? Thenwe encourage you to advertise with Az Tourist News, and
wtch o sinss gow. Editoil sppot nd mo is wht
you can depend on. Our distribution is done by our employ 
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ees, not a service. The buck stops with Az Tourist News. Wewill not allow our destiny to be disrupted by lack of depend
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able distribution … give us a call.And IF you are a traveler, please … and I do mean PLEASE,
lt thos to whom o giv o cdit cd ino o into whos
hand you put your hard earned dollars know that it was AzTourist News that brought you to them … and while you arethere … Have a great time, for Arizona is America’s NaturalTheme Park.
Whn o hv  chnc, go to www.ztoist.com nd g-
ister so that you can enjoy a free copy of Az Tourist News sent
to o hom. Wit  commnt on th log nd indict tht
you did register. Those two itemswill have a copy of Az Tourist News
mild to o.
 
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www.ztoist.com
February 2009
S AZ • P 
Apache Gold Casino Resort Inter-tribal Pow Wow:
1-800-APACHE 8
www.pchgoldcsinosot.com 
Mul-Chu-ha Fair and Rodeo:
Public Information Office,520-562-9848 or Tribal Recreation,
5-56-687
Southwest Indian Art Fair:
www.sttmsm.izon.d
520-621-6302
O’odham ash Oice:
520-836-4723
H
ow fortunate we are in Arizona
to hv  vitl, living clt
to explore right on our doorstep! NativeAmerican tribal communities around the
stt nich o livs with thi colo-l stivls whil shing thi hitg,lis, til cts, songs nd dncs,dlicios oods, nd  whol lot o n.
Artists share the meanings of symbols
nd dsigns in pots, wvings, nd jwl,
as we marvel at the skilled handiwork.Dancers may mimic movements of birds
nd nimls o giv vnc o sstin-ing cops; w ppcit th intnt, thmgniicnt costms, nd th pgnt.
The pow wow drums and singers give usgoosebumps. One and all enjoy Navajo
tcos, cnivl ids, nd odo clowns.
From the Tohono O’odham Nation inthe south to the Kaibab-Paiute Tribe inthe north, from the huge Navajo Reserva
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tion to much smaller communities likethe Ak-Chin, Tonto Apache and Cocopah,from the ancient Hopi settlements to thenewcomer to Arizona, the Pascua YaquiTribe, there is a wealth of culture and heri
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tage to experience. In all, Arizona is hometo 21 Indian communities and even a smallpiece of Zuni Pueblo, whose main homelies across the border in New Mexico.Our Native American neighbors wel
-com s to spctll njo thi stivls
and to celebrate with them. Here is a sam
-pling o th wondl vnts coming p inF nd Mch.
Pow Wow Drums at Apache Gold Casino Resort
The San Carlos Apache Tribe is proud toannounce its 13th Annual Intertribal Pow
Wow on
March 13-15
. The Pow Wow is a
ist ntion gthing ocsing on dnc,
song, and family celebration. Tradition
-ll, it is psntd  on ti o nd towlcom, hono, spct nd show gnos-
ity towards another. All people, including
non-ntiv popl,  wlcom t PowWows nd  ncogd to ttnd.
It is very interesting to learn about thedrums and the dances. There are two typesof drum, Northern and Southern - these refer
to stls th thn gogphicl loction,
and each has its own protocol. The Grand
Ent pd o dncs lds o ch ss-
sion of the Pow Wow. Grand Entry is Friday,March 13th at 7 pm, Saturday, March 14that noon and 7pm and Sunday, March 15th at
noon.
Some Pow Wows are social in nature,others are competitive. This is a contest PowWow with over $75,000 in cash prizes. In ad
-dition, ntiv tisns will  slling oiginlhndmd ts nd cts, nd ood vndoso tditionl dishs.
General admission for each session is $5per person and a 3-day pass is $15. There is no
chg o thos nd 1 o ov 6 s old.Fo ovnight ccommodtions contct th
Apache Gold Best Western Hotel or RV Park.Apache Gold Casino Resort is located on theSan Carlos Apache Reservation, 5 miles eastof Globe on Hwy 70.
Fair and Rodeo at the Gila River IndianCommunity
The 47th Annual Mul-Chu-Tha Fairand Rodeo will be held
March 19-22
 
in Sacaton, Arizona. This huge event
ncompsss  pow wow, odo, pd,nttinmnt, cltl dmonsttions, 
barbecue, carnival, Chicken Scratch musicand numerous sporting events. No wonderit takes four days to enjoy it all!The Gila River Indian Community has a long history that dates back to theancient HuHuKam who first farmed thearea around 300 B.C. Following in theirfootsteps are the Akimel O’odham (Pima
ti) nd th P Posh (Micop) who
now reside on the 372,000 acres of the
commnit.
When the Mul-Chu-Tha was established
in 16, it ws th slt o  dsi to hv
positive events for the Community’s young
popl nd to pomot commnit spiit.
“Mul-Chu-Tha” means foot races in Pima,
n ctivit tht th ti sd to hv o
entertainment or to share news. At the
 v ist i, oot cs w hld s wll
as the traditional O’odham game of “toka,”which is similar to lacrosse. Since its in
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ception, the Mul-Chu-Tha has become one
o th most highl cognizd til is
in Indian Country.Visitors are most welcome! The Mul-Chu-Tha fair grounds are located inSacaton, Arizona. Take Exit 175 from I-10.
Native American Celebrations in Arizona
 
Opening Cultural Windows
Top Quality Art at the Southwest Indian Art Fair
Southern Arizona’s premier Indian artshow and market takes place on
Febru-ary 21-22
at the Arizona State Museum inTucson. Whether you are a serious collec
-to, csl , o ist tim visito to th
world of Indian art, you will find much to
ln nd njo.
Gathered together in this one place are200 of the finest artists in the region. Noneed to travel to seek out fine jewelry,
spl ctd pott o mgniicnt
kachinas … there’s something here for
von, t v pic ng nd intst
level. Making it even more exciting is the
oppotnit to cht with th tists ndwtch dmonsttions. Ftd tist othis 15th nnl vnt is Jlis Konni
(Navajo), designer of contemporary jew
-l.
Take a break from shopping to sampleNative foods and enjoy live performancesby groups such as Southern Scratch, an
wd-winning wil gop (cots 
of Canyon Records), No:ligk TraditionalDancers from the Tohono O’odham Na
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tion, and Bird Singing and Dancing by theRiver from the Salt River Pima-MaricopaIndian Community.The Arizona State Museum is located onthe University of Arizona campus, 1013 E.University Blvd. The show hours are Satur
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day 10-5 and Sunday 10-4. Tickets cost $8for adults and $3 for children 12-16, while
two-d psss  $1.
“Gathering of the People” at Casa GrandeIndian Days
This event, also known as the O’odhamTash, is another mega festival you won’t want
to miss.
February 13-16
is packed full of fun:an all-Indian rodeo, rodeo queen contest,pow wow, carnival, softball and basketball
tonmnts, nd mch mo.
The parade takes place on Saturday at 9am. There will be somewhere between 75and 100 entries with equestrians, bands,floats and lots more. Live Native American
nds nd vios commcil nd ood vndos dd to th stivitis.
The O’odham Tash began in 1967 whenthe town of Casa Grande held a BBQ fortheir Native American neighbors - theTohono O’odham Nation, Ak-Chin, GilaRiver, and Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indiancommunities. The tradition continued and
gw into th mlti-ctd vnt o tod.
The profits from the Casa Grande IndianDays fund scholarships and achievementawards to Native American students. CasaGrande is located about halfway betweenTucson and Phoenix where Interstates 8 and10 cross. Hop in the car, drive over and have
som n!

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