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Yanaguana Indian Arts Festival
November 13, 2021 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Highlighting the continued vibrancy and artistic traditions of Native American communities – and the local tribes who helped shape San Antonio – the Briscoe Western Art Museum invites everyone to enjoy its annual Yanaguana Indian Arts Festival. The event is free and includes admission to the Briscoe, making it a perfect way to celebrate the important role Native Americans played in shaping the West while enjoying art and artifacts that highlight Native American history.
Offering a view into traditional and contemporary Native American culture, the free community festival features storytelling, artist demonstrations, pottery, weaving and carving, as well as Native American-inspired food. Yanaguana Indian Arts Festival also features workshops and lectures celebrating Native American culture. The event starts with a special blessing, followed by a ceremonial drum circle that invites everyone to join.
The annual event is named in honor of the Payaya people who were indigenous to the San Antonio area. “Yanaguana” was the word they used to describe what is now known as San Antonio River. The festival the groups with historical roots in the San Antonio area and highlights a core pillar of Western Art featured in the Briscoe’s collection. The festival has been held annually since the museum opened, with 2020’s event taking place virtually.
“Native Americans are a key component of the American West and one of the pillars of Western Art. The Yanaguana Indian Arts Festival offers the opportunity to see, interact and celebrate with Native American artists and performers,” said Michael Duchemin, Ph.D., President and CEO of the Briscoe Western Art Museum. “The performances and art tell a story that’s compelling for all ages, making the event a true family affair.
Free all-day community event!