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Engage Your Senses at “Experience Native American Music” on November 9 and 10

See Live Performances, Create Instruments and Taste Unique Flavors at MIM

PHOENIX (Oct. 29, 2013) The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) in Phoenix invites the community to learn about some of Arizona’s Native American music, dance and instrument-making traditions during two days of family-friendly fun at “Experience Native American Music” on November 9 and 10. The weekend will also include a variety of educational presentations and a distinctive café menu.

“Experience Native American Music” is the latest installment in MIM’s “Unity Through Diversity” partnership with Phoenix-based PetSmart®. The initiative brings the largest specialty pet retailer and the world’s only global musical instrument museum together to highlight musical traditions that reflect cultural diversity, while reinforcing music as a unifying element of humanity around the world.

In the morning, guests will have an opportunity to hear songs and see dances by the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Traditional Dance Group. Guests will also be invited to join Navajo-Ute songwriter, guitarist, flute player and carver Aaron White for a flute demonstration. All performances are included with paid museum admission. Later in the afternoon, Ron Joaquin and his band will showcase the tradition of “waila” (also known as “chicken scratch”)—social dance music of the Tohono O’odham that will have you out of your seat and dancing!

“Arizona is home to many diverse Native American communities. For this weekend, we will look at musical traditions of the Navajo-Ute, San Carlos Apache, Tohono O’odham and Salt River Pima-Maricopa,” said Celina Chiarello, public programs manager at MIM. “I hope MIM guests walk away with an appreciation for the unique energy of music from each of these groups.”

“Experience Native American Music” will also provide educational opportunities for guests. Join San Carlos Apache artist Anthony Belvado to learn about the history, cultural significance and construction techniques of the Apache fiddle. Guests will be invited to learn more about the vibrant musical style of “waila” from Angelo Joaquin Jr., who will explain the music’s evolution in Arizona. All presentations are included with paid museum admission.

For an opportunity to express their creative side, guests will be invited to do a “make and take” activity. Using everyday materials, guests can fashion a one-stringed instrument inspired by the Apache fiddles featured in MIM’s Courting Music exhibit. MIM staff will provide the supplies and guide guests in the creation of the instrument. This craft activity is included with paid museum admission.

Café Allegro will serve a variety of Southwestern-inspired dishes available for purchase. The menu will include a guajillo squash and New Mexico chili stew; fire-roasted corn bisque with chocolate essence; cornmeal-crusted salmon filet with succotash made from corn and tepary beans; slow-roasted goat with fry bread and Sonoran Desert‒spiced “Three Sisters Salad”; and for dessert, rice pudding with cardamom.

In addition to the Native American jewelry and instruments that the Museum Store carries year-round, there will be a selection of flutes made by Grammy-nominated artist Aaron White and Apache fiddles by Anthony Belvado, both artists featured in MIM’s galleries. The store selection also includes handmade rattles, drums, books for guests of all ages and jewelry from award-winning Navajo artists Dyanni Smith and Lena Platero.

The Musical Instrument Museum is located at 4725 E. Mayo Boulevard in Phoenix (corner of Tatum and Mayo Boulevards, just south of Loop 101). For general museum information and a full schedule of events, visit or call 480.478.6000.


About MIM
The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM) enriches the world by collecting, preserving and making accessible a wide variety of musical instruments and performance videos from every country in the world. We offer our guests a welcoming and fun experience, incomparable interactive technology, dynamic programming and exceptional musical performances. MIM also fosters appreciation of diverse cultures around the globe by showing that we all innovate, adapt and learn from each other to create music—the universal language.

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Erin Miller, Media Relations Manager, MIM