RIDGECREST, Calif – The city of Ridgecrest will hold the eighth annual festival celebrating the area’s historic Native American petroglyph rock art November 6-7, 2021. Just over an hour north of Lancaster, and east of Bakersfield, The Naval Air Weapons Station China Lake is home to over 100,000 petroglyphs, or Native American rock art- the largest collection in the western hemisphere. Located inside the base, the 10,000 year-old art covers the walls of Little Petroglyph Canyon.
The Petroglyph Festival will return with a street fair, crafts from Native American Artists, tours of Petroglyph Park’s replica petroglyphs, speakers, demonstrations, and a full slate of performers on the festival stage. Tours of the petroglyphs inside Little Petroglyph Canyon will not be available, due to COVID-19. The weekend-long event will also include the annual Honor-A-Veteran Ridgecrest Car, Truck, and Bike Show at Leroy Jackson Park.
While tours of Little Petroglyph Canyon are not available, archaeologist Alan Garfinkle Gold will lead tours through the replicas in Ridgecrest’s Petroglyph Park, discussing the symbols and methods used to create them. Two authentic teepees will be on display in the park, accompanied by basket weaving demonstrations, and several Native American performances.
The full schedule of speakers and performers will be released in the coming weeks, with performances that include hoop dancer Terry Goedel, storyteller and singer Kim Marcus, the Havasupai Guardians of the Grand Canyon Ram Dancers, flute artist Michael Folkert, and jazz fusion band D’DAT.
The Petroglyph Festival is a key part of the Petroglyph Education Foundation, created to promote awareness of the significance of Native American history and culture, including the different forms of rock art and communication. The foundation works with schools throughout the Indian Wells Valley using crafts and activities to share the history and culture of local Native Americans. The foundation hopes to connect the past with the future to ensure these traditions are celebrated and protected for years to come.
The Ridgecrest Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, RACVB, is currently accepting applications for those interested in participating as a vendor for the festival. Applications are available through rpfestival.com, and any questions can be directed to the RACVB office by phone.
The festival will be located at 100 E. Las Flores Ave. in Ridgecrest, CA. Parking is available in the area. Hours - Saturday, November 6: 10AM-6PM, Sunday, November 7: 10AM-4PM
More information regarding changes and additions to the festival will be released at a later date. Find the Petroglyph Festival on Facebook or check the festival website http://www.rpfestival.com for more information.
Ridgecrest Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
643 N. China Lake Blvd.
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