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Spotlight on Native culture

Totah Festival ushered in with awards ceremony, poster unveiling

Farmington Daily Times
Farmington Museum director Bart Wilsey lays out a Teec Nos Pos-style rug from the 1940s Thursday at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park. The rug will be up for auction today during the Totah Festival.

The 30th annual Totah Festival got started tonight at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park with an awards ceremony for the festival's juried art show and the unveiling of the festival poster.

Farmington Museum director Bart Wilsey shows this year's Totah Festival poster, a sand painting by Littleriver Simpson entitled "Trip to the Trading Post." Thursday at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park.

During tonight's awards ceremony, the Best of Show title went to Georgia Kieyoomia for her silver necklace "Two Tribes."

There also were winners in various other categories such as wood carving, painting and jewelry. First place in the sculpture category went to Tim Washbun for his work "Reservation Herding." The Emerging Artist award went to Shanidiin Fawn Yazzie for her paintings.

Award-winning art from the juried show at the Totah Festival is displayed Friday at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park.

Activities continue throughout the day Saturday and Sunday at the museum, 3041 E. Main St. Saturday's lineup includes a Native fashion show, a rug auction and a contest pow wow. Sunday's offerings include a 5k race and 1-mile walk, a cultural expo and a contest pow wow.

Admission to the festival is free. Call 505-599-1174 for more information.

Farmington Museum director Bart Wilsey looks through stacks of rugs Thursday in his office at the Farmington Museum at Gateway Park in preparation for the Totah Festival rug auction.