Saturday, November 26, 2016

23rd Waila Festival to at Old Tucson


23rd Waila Festival to Be Held at Old Tucson!

Imagine being under a star-studded, jet black Southern Arizona sky with only a single light bulb hanging on a pole in the dance floor center pushing back the darkness. The crisp evening air accentuates the mouth-watering aroma of food cooking over sweet-smelling mesquite fires. You are surrounded other community members—coyotes, rattlesnakes, majestic 40-foot saguaros, and cholla cacti—making the tohono (desert) feel so alive and exhilarating. Seated on benches surrounding the dance floor are anxious O’odham of all ages. The first tune begins and the dancers circle the dirt floor in a counter-clockwise motion. Throughout the night until sunrise, the band will provide polkas, schottisches, and mazurkas for The People’s dancing and listening enjoyment. The piest (fiesta) has begun!



The 23rd Waila Festival takes place on Saturday, November 26, 2016 at Old Tucson from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. In addition to music by the Waila Festival Band, booths offering dishes featuring popular desert foods and barbeque will be on the festival grounds. Admission is $10 per person.


Old Tucson and the Arizona Sonora Western Heritage Foundation have partnered to present what has become a Tucson tradition–the one night of the year dedicated to honoring the O’odham social dance music, its performers, and its dancers. The sharing of this musical genre brings the Tohono O’odham and their Tucson and Southern Arizona neighbors together for a vital community-building occasion. Everyone leaves with a greater appreciation for the unique richness of life in the desert and for their fellow residents.


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