Courtesy of tesoroculturalcenter.org
Tesoro Cultural Center, Colorado’s nonprofit committed to protecting the artistic treasures of our American past and making them available to the community, will re-introduce its two annual events in 2018: Indian Market & Powwow, June 2-3; and 1830s Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Art Market, Sept. 15-16.
Hosted on the grounds of The Fort restaurant (19192 Hwy. 8, Morrison), Tesoro Cultural Center’s Indian Market & Powwow is a yearly tribute to the American Indian tribes that shaped the cultural community of Old Bent’s Fort, an important fur trading post that operated along the famous Santa Fe Trail in the 1830s. In celebration of early Southwestern history, Tesoro hosts nationally acclaimed artists, dancers and drum groups for an art-centered gathering, juried art show and two-day contest powwow, as well as educational and interactive exhibits on American Indian culture, for a fun-filled, family weekend.
“After scaling back the Indian Market & Powwow last year, I am so excited to see its return in 2018 in an even bigger and better way,” said Holly Arnold Kinney, Tesoro’s executive director. “Our artists are thrilled that it will once again present a two-day competitive and educational opportunity for them. It is Tesoro’s mission to keep these treasures of generational traditions and culture both alive and relevant. The Indian Market & Powwow and the 1830s Rendezvous weekends are opportunities for us to connect modern Colorado to its rich and storied past.”
The festivities will kick off with a Tesoro Member-exclusive Meet the Artists party on Friday, June 1. The Indian Market & Powwow on June 2 and 3 is open to the public; admission is $5 for adults, and free for children 12 and under.
Also hosted on the grounds of The Fort, the 1830s Rendezvous & Spanish Colonial Art Market commemorates the historical blending of the American mountain men and Hispanic communities of Old Bent’s Fort. A day at the 1830s Rendezvous & Market is a day in the Old West. Historical interpreters will demonstrate their wares, including trade silver, moccasins, beaver skin hats and buckskin period dress. They will walk guests through day-to-day skills from the 1830s, such as brain-tanning, primitive fire building, rope braiding, blacksmithing and scrimshaw. Oral history and music were very important to the culture of this era, and will fill the courtyard of The Fort, transporting guests back in time. The event also features a Spanish Colonial Art Market that celebrates Spanish Colonial artists demonstrating and selling retablos, bultos, tinwork, and encrusted straw appliqué throughout the weekend.
The 1830s Rendezvous & Market is open to the public; admission is $5 for adults, and free for children 12 and under.
More information about these culturally enriching weekend festivals will be available closer to each event date. For more information, call (303) 839-1671 and visit TesoroCulturalCenter.org.
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