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DENVER - The Tesoro Cultural Center will host the 14th annual Indian Market & Powwow on Saturday, May 17 and Sunday, May 18, 2014 on the grounds of the historic Denver restaurant and living museum, The Fort (19192 Highway 8, Morrison, CO 80645).

The event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day and features native Southwestern art, cuisine, dance, music and hands-on educational activities for the kids. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students with a valid ID. Seniors, Tesoro members, and children under 12 are free.

Since the first Indian Market & Powwow in 2000, the event has grown to feature premier Native American artists from all over the country, primarily from Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. Artists will demonstrate their crafts to visitors and are judged by respected experts in the field. Traditional drummers and dancers will pay tribute to their heritage and compete against others in categories of native Jingle, Fancy, Traditional, Shawl and Grass dancing.

This year's Indian Market & Powwow will feature acclaimed artists such as: Nelson Garcia, Eddie Morrison, Carol Snow, Jimmy Harrison, Maria Cuch, Mark Silversmith, Andy Marion, Joe and LeJuene Chavez and Lynn Burnette. The Council for Indigenous Arts and Culture (CIAC) is an organization that promotes and protects Native arts and culture by means of education, and has partnered with Tesoro to ensure that all Market & Powwow artists present natural and authentic materials. Indian Market & Powwow visitors have the opportunity to shop unique, handmade crafts and experience a brilliant display of traditional dance and regalia.

Alongside celebrations of art, dance and other cultural heritage, Tesoro's Indian Market & Powwow honors outstanding American Indian Veterans. Last year's honorees included Staff Sergeant Cindy Littlefeather (Army, Active Duty), Specialist Sunshine Woodenlegs (Army Reserves), Specialist Carisa Yazzie-Gonzalez (Army Veteran), Sergeant First Class Toni Eaglefeathers (Army Reserves), Specialist Shawna Dahl (Army Veteran), Specialist Glenda Littlebird (Army Veteran), Staff Sergeant Monica Weeks (Army Veteran) and First Lieutenant Micah Highwalking (Army, Active Duty).

For more information about the Tesoro Cultural Center and its upcoming events, please call Carolyn Doran, program director, at 303-839-1671, or visit www.tesoroculturalcenter.org.

(KUSA-TV © 2014 Multimedia Holdings Corporation)

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