Navajo Nation Fair at Window Rock

Navajo Nation Fair at Window Rock

Early September
The Navajo Nation Fair at Window Rock is a five-day gala billed as the "World's Largest American Indian Fair," held in Window Rock, Ariz., the capital of the Navajo Nation. More than 100,000 visitors attend the fair, which dates back to 1947. It features a parade through the Window Rock area and a rodeo with more than 900 cowboys and cowgirls from eight different Indian rodeo associations. Other events include horse races, an inter-tribal powwow, a Miss Navajo Nation competition, an Indian fry-bread contest, a baby contest, country and western dances, Indian song and dance competitions, and agricultural and livestock exhibits. Arts and crafts exhibits are also part of Navajo fairs: the Navajos are famous for turquoise and silver jewelry, sand paintings, and woven rugs. The art of weaving was taught to Navajo women, their lore says, by Spider Woman, one of the Holy People from the underworld.
The Navajo Reservation covers 17.5 million acres and is the largest in the United States.
See also Shiprock Navajo Nation Fair
CONTACTS:
Navajo Nation Fair Office
P.O. Box 2370
Window Rock, AZ 86515
928-871-6647; fax: 928-871-6637
www.navajonationfair.com
SOURCES:
AmerBkDays-2000, p. 640
AnnivHol-2000, p. 164
IndianAmer-1989, p. 289
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