In Old Arizona

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inoldarizonaThat was the name given to one of the early western talkies which was the first film to be filmed outside and went on to win its star only the second ever best actor award at the 1928/29 oscars. It does emphasise thought what Arizona means to lots of people; cowboys and the wild west.

So over the summer, there are a couple of events that take place to trade on this theme. At the moment in the small town of Prescott, there is the world’s oldest rodeo known as Prescott: Annual Prescott Frontier Days®, Inc. which is part of Frontier Days Week. Rodeo festivities include eight thrilling rodeo performances, Arizona’s largest rodeo parade, kiddie parade, arts & crafts show, rodeo & street dances and Fourth of July celebration.

Incidentally, it is also in Prescott – at the Palace Restaurant & Saloon that they have a 6-foot illuminated cowboy boot which is lowered down a 40-foot flagpole to ring in the New Year. This occurs at 10 pm for those who can’t survive without sleep for another two hours and once at midnight for traditionalists. Needless to say music and food is also in abundance.

In the beginning of August in Flagstaff, the western theme continues with an authentic presentation of the Navajo “Beauty Way” philosophy of living in harmony. More than 55 Navajo artists, storytellers, and cultural interpreters from many clans will be around. Rug weavers working on traditional upright looms throughout the Museum take the visitor on a journey from sheep shearing to weaving techniques and the meanings behind intricate rug designs. Enjoy hoop and traditional dancing, a retrospective fashion show, and ancient and modern Native music. Artists demonstrate jewellery, painting, beading, and pottery techniques. Cultural customs and ways families are using to keep traditions strong are discussed. Explore the tribe’s intricate language with a Navajo linguist and come to understand many ancient legends and traditions. Hike with a Navajo ethnobotanist and learn the Native uses of local plant life.

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