Looking for something fun to do this weekend? Check out these Native American events happening across the Southwest.
April 1: Benefit Concert for the Longest Walk 5, Santa Fe
The fifth installment of the Longest Walk, which started in 1978, focuses on raising awareness and visiting communities affected by drug-related issues. The benefit concert will raise funds to help participating walkers reach their final destination in Washington, D.C. Music performed by Danny T and the Stealing Thunder Band.
Details: April 1. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., Friday. Cities of Gold Casino & Hotel, 10 Cities of Gold Rd., Santa Fe, NM.
April 2: Benefit Gourd Dance, Aztec
This day-long event is free but any donations made will benefit high school seniors at the Kinteel Residential Campus. In addition to the gourd dances, there will be vendors selling arts and crafts, door prizes, and raffle tickets for a variety of items. Some of the prizes include Pendleton blankets and jewelry sets.
Details: April 2. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday. Aztec Boys & Girls Club, 311 S. Ash St., Aztec, NM. Free but donations are accepted.
April 2: Inter-Tribal Student Association Spring Pow Wow, Mesa
Mesa Community College’s annual spring pow wow not only showcases some amazing cultural talents but also helps provide funding for student scholarships.
Details: April 2. 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday. Mesa Community College, 1833 W. Southern Ave., Mesa, AZ. 480-461-7931.
April 2: Miss Indian ASU Pageant, Tempe
One of the events leading up to the ASU Pow Wow, the Miss Indian Pageant selects ambassadors for the American Indian student body at Arizona State University.
Details: April 2. 4 p.m., Saturday. Memorial Union, Arizona State University, 1290 S. Normal Ave., Tempe, AZ.
April 2-4: Heard Museum Guild American Indian Student Art Show & Sale, Phoenix
This art show features art work from more than 500 young Native American student artists across the country.
Details: April 3-4. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday. 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday. Heard Museum, 2301 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ. Free. 602-252-8840, heard.org.