This free, family-oriented festival is held at Chimney Rock's Visitor Center area. Step back in time as volunteers and artisans demonstrate ancient tools and crafts. Visitors may make a pot, throw an atlatl (a type of throwing spear), pound yucca leaves to release their fibers, carve their own petroglyph, grind corn with a mano and metate, watch a volunteer spin dog hair using a drop spindle, see an expert flint knapper create hand tools, and learn how Native Americans make flutes. The two day festival is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day and includes Native American arts and crafts for sale. CRIA financially supports the Native American vendors that travel long distances to this event. These vendors are "coming home" to the place where their ancestors lived over 1,000 years ago. We would like to expand the Native American market place to allow for more vendors to attend. We have a waiting list for vendors but need the funding to help pay for their travel expenses. Many vendors drive long distances to attend one of the only events that connects its indigenous people to their homeland. Without the financial assistance many would not be able to attend what is the focal point of the event.
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Help CRIA continue to offer this culturally significant event for free to the public. CRIA would like to grow the Native American Market Place. In order to do this funding is needed to pay for travel expenses for the Native American vendors. Supplies are