Jun 292012

Photo by David Velk

Despite an impressive variety of fine arts and crafts, the unquestioned high point of the fourth annual Petrified Forest National Park Cultural Art Market was the Indian dancing, including the Apache Crown Dancers from Theodore Roosevelt School Indian Club in Ft. Apache. Groups representing the Apache, Navajo and Zuni traditions used the fine plaza acoustics to full advantage as they put on one crowd pleasing performance after another on Saturday, June 23. In between shows, visitors browsed demonstrator tables laden with some of the region’s finest jewelry, weaving, beadwork, prints and ceramics. From pitch-sealed pottery and traditional bows to silverwork and hiking staffs, prospective buyers faced some daunting choices in narrowing down the selection of their next take-home treasures