April 1, 2, 3, 2022, the Indigenous Institute of the Americas 15th annual American Indian celebration, Santa Fe Days, will be held at the ancient buffalo trails (Ahn Daw Gaw Beeh’-Kiowa) near Cleburne, Texas. You won’t want to miss this exciting outdoor gathering of American Indian artists, storytellers, championship dancers, cultural knowledge keepers, traditional cooks, stickball players, singers, and drummers.
Join Featured Artists Damon and Irene Neal, Jicarilla Apache, and nationally recognized American Indian artists from Tribal Nations across the US. Purchase heirloom-quality jewelry, beadwork, pottery, textiles, and other artwork made with cultural knowledge refined over many generations. We invite you to enjoy the Native authors, oral storytellers, herbalists, and elders who will share about the rich complexity of Native America, past and present. Cash and/or prizes will be presented for 1st through 4th place in each dance division at the John Taylor Youth Competition Pow Wow. Sponsorships are still available if you would like to sponsor a dance division. In addition, this year will be a fashion show and contest for ribbon shirts and skirts.
We invite the public to respectfully participate in Inter Tribal dances, round dances, and social dances. In addition, a Memorial Honor dance and Veterans Honor dance will be dedicated each day. We hope the community will join us to remember the friends and family lost during the pandemic and honor our Active Duty and Veterans for their service to this country.
We are so excited to highlight the work that Neila, Bradley and Brought Plenty are doing to identify gravesites of children from the boarding schools. Miss B (Brought plenty) has graciously offered to speak about her personal experience as a boarding school survivor at our event in April. They will be bringing their ground penetrating radar equipment for us to see and learn.
Experience the fun activities of our large Family Cultural Path. This year’s theme is “Honoring Sacred Acorns.” Crafts, stickball, beadwork, and plant knowledge demonstrations will be throughout the day. Yummy Indian tacos, three sisters stew, grape dumplings, frybread, and much more will be available from some of the best cooks in Indian Country. This is a family welcoming event, enjoyable for all ages. Venue: The Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum is on beautiful Lake Pat Cleburne; bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the entire weekend. Alcohol, drugs, and firearms are prohibited. Thank you for honoring our cultural protocols. No dogs are allowed near the Pow Wow arena.
101 Chisholm Trail
Cleburne, TX 76033
Friday 3 pm to 8 pm
Saturday 9 am to 8 pm
Sunday 9 am – 4 pm
$10 per car covers the entire event. (Friday – Sunday)
$5 per car discount for Proof of Veteran, Handicap and American Indian Status
$0 Parking free for volunteers, artists, performers, and special guests.
Proceeds from parking: assist the repurchase of Teepees for the Chisholm Trail Outdoor Museum that were destroyed in severe weather events.
IIAmericas Celebration – Santa Fe Days is a scheduled event of the Indigenous Institute of the Americas, a 501 (C) 3 nonprofit organization in Texas.