Each year representatives of tribal nations of Arizona and the United States, such as the Hopi, Diné, Akimel-Au-Authm and San Carlos Apache, come together to present musical performances and dances as well as share stories and cultural information at Native Trails. The performers may vary from year to year and even from week to week. Flutes, drums, tribal dances, hoop dancing, colorful costumes -- the purpose of Native Trails is to introduce us to Native American traditions and principles in an entertaining outdoor performance.
Native Trails is presented by the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation, is produced by the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts, and is presented each year free of charge. These performances began in 2003. On average, more than 300 people attend a Native Trails performance. They stand, bring blankets and picnic lunches, bring folding chairs, sit around the perimeter of the amphitheater area or enjoy lunch and a beverage at AZ88 on the patio.
Native American artisans, jewelry makers and food vendors may also be on hand offering their products for sale.