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Moontee Sinquah

 

“Building Public Awareness for Trails” Event at the Symposium

• Free and open to the public


The public is invited to attend the kick off event of the 2013 American Trails International Trails Symposium on Sunday, April 14, 2013 at the Radisson Fort McDowell from 2 to 5 p.m.

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Date: Sunday, April 14
Time: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: Free – Open to the Public
Location: Exhibit Hall Tent at Radisson Fort McDowell Hotel
See link to map: Radisson Fort McDowell Hotel, 10438 N Fort McDowell Rd

This event will provide the local community and attendees with an opportunity to visit exhibitors and learn about the Symposium and trails around the State and country. The exhibit hall will be open to attendees, guests, and local trail enthusiasts free of charge. In addition, local groups from around the Phoenix area will provide information tables, presentations, and workshop activities for all ages.

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Making friends in the exhibit hall

The “Building Public Awareness for Trails” event will be held in the Exhibit hall FREE of charge to see the premiere recreational trails event.  In addition, view trail related exhibits to discover, learn and celebrate trails and trails related activities such as hiking, camping, fishing, ATV safety, and many other outdoor experiences to share with families and people of all ages. Native American performers will be doing hoop dances, singing, and playing musical instruments from 3 p.m. -5 p.m. just outside the exhibit hall tent

Following the free public event, the Happy Trails Hour will begin at 5:00 p.m. and run through 6:30 p.m. followed by the Opening Reception which is for paid attendees, or non-attendees can purchase a ticket for $29 as light hors’devoures will be served.

The 2013 American Trails International Trails Symposium will be hosted by: Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, Arizona State Parks, Fountain Hills & Fort McDowell Convention Bureau, Central Arizona Project, Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau, the Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau, as well as many businesses from around the world.

There are still many opportunities to become a part of the 2013 International Trails Symposium by becoming a volunteer, sponsor, or exhibitor.  See the Exhibitors Contract. For more information contact symposium@americantrails.org, call (530) 547-2060, or visit the website at AmericanTrails.org/2013. Follow American Trails at Twitter.com/American_Trails or Facebook.com/AmericanTrails.org.

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A Hopi hoop dancer

 

Native American entertainment

Moontee Sinquah is Hopi/Tewa/Choctaw from the Village of Shungopavi located in northern Arizona. With clans being passed down from one’s mother in the Hopi way, he is of the Water Clan. Moontee grew up on the Hopi reservation and is deeply rooted in the Hopi culture and tradition. As part of the Hopi way of life, ceremonial dances take place throughout the year for rain and for peace. It was during this time in Moontee’s young life music became an important part of him. He will tell you music is the medicine that allowed him to make a life and that helped him endure and also educate, and entertain people all over the world. It is apparent Moontee holds and carries these Hopi teachings in his life and his love of music, both traditional and contemporary, is heard through his thunderous and melodic voice!

In addition to music, Moontee has held the title as the "World Hoop Dance Champion" two times. He is also a champion Grass Dancer. Well known in the powwow circuit and also traveling with musicians has brought an influence to his traditional and contemporary music and dance mix. Moontee has performed throughout Europe, Malaysia, Canada, and other international locations.

 

 

WHO IS AMERICAN TRAILS?

American Trails is a national nonprofit advocacy organization working on behalf of ALL trail interests. Their website, www.AmericanTrails.org, is the world’s most comprehensive online go-to source for planning, building, designing, funding, managing, enhancing, and supporting trails and greenways.  American Trails supports local, regional, and long-distance trails and greenways, in backcountry, rural, or urban areas. Their goal is to support America's trails by finding common ground and promoting cooperation among all trail interests.

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