Night Programs on tap for Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot in June
Montezuma Castle and Tuzigoot National Monuments are pleased to announce several special events for the month of June. All these events and activities are in conjunction with the Festival of Native American Culture.
The first event will take place on June 5 at Montezuma Castle. This special evening program will feature a showing of Paatuwaqatsi, H2opi Run to Mexico, a documentary by Native American poet Victor Masayesva. The monument will open at 7 p.m., with the documentary showing at 7:30 p.m. in the monument's interpretive circle. The moon will be nearly full when it rises at 6:10 p.m. and should make the Castle, nestled in the cliff, look spectacular. Attendees should have about 30 minutes after the film to enjoy the monument before the gates are closed at 9 p.m. This event is free to the public.
The second event occurs on the evening of June 12 at Tuzigoot National Monument. As far as we can tell, Tuzigoot has never been open at night, so this will be a special chance to see this 1,000-year-old pueblo in a very different light. The special purpose of being open at night, is the inaugural Star Party, featuring an interpretive program on the role that the sun and the stars played in the daily life of the Sinagua people who lived at Tuzigoot, as well as the surrounding areas. Local astronomers have volunteered to bring their telescopes to share with the visiting public for viewing of all sorts of astronomical features. This night sky viewing will be accompanied by live flute music performed by Wolf's Robe, a local Native American who has been heard before at other monument events. The monument gate will open at 7 p.m., with the interpretive program beginning at 7:30 p.m. Star/night sky gazing will immediately follow and last until 10:30 p.m. Bring a lawn chair and flashlight with you. This event is free to the public.
Finally, Monday through Friday, June 8-12, at 9 a.m., special interpretive talks will be given at the Montezuma Castle Interpretive Circle. The subjects of these talks will vary, but all will center on the Native American culture associated with the National Monuments. Regular entrance fees will be collected for these talks.
For more information on these special events and activities, contact the monuments at (928) 567-3322, ext. 21. You can also check out the following Web sites:
Festival of Native American Culture: www.festivalofnativeamericanculture.org
Victor Masayesva: www.isauproductions.com
Montezuma Castle National Monument: www.nps.gov/moca
Tuzigoot National Monument: www.nps.gov/tuzi