SHONTO COMMUNITY GLISTENS AT THE ANNUAL ROCK THE CANYON ART & MUSIC FESTIVAL

NAVAJO NATION, Shonto, Arizona – The 5th Annual Rock the Canyon Art & Music Festival will be held on June 7-9, 2013.  Shonto (Shaa’Tohi) is located located in the northwestern portion of the Navajo Nation and is home to Rock the Canyon, an annual art, music, community wellness and sustainability festival. The festival began humbly as an open mic night of local community talent. It has now grown to include a dizzying array of world-class musicians.  Although musical talent from far and wide are on the lineup, Shonto did not have to look far outside its hometown for world class favorites such as the Hopi Klansmen and The Plateros.  Shonto is also home to talented artists who have been part of the festival committee since its inception, which includes:Baje Whitethorne, Sr., Elizabeth Whitethorne Benally, Shonto Begay, Beverly Blacksheep, Allen Bahe and John Baje Smith. Shonto is a bedrock of talented artists that produce pottery, basketry, beadwork, wood carvings, silver-smithing and weaving. Their work will also be featured at the festival through exhibits and be offered for sale to the community.
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