This weekend's Spirit Native American Fine Art Festival at the Desert Diamond Casino is intended "to ensure the preservation of indigenous culture, by financially supporting organizations that strive to conserve Native practices," a release said.

The festival takes place Saturday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Desert Diamond Casino, 1100 W. Pima Mine Road. It's presented by the Southern Arizona Cultural Alliance and Desert Diamond Casino. Admission is $5, with youngsters 10 and under free. Along with art, there is food, education, dance and entertainment.

"A diverse community is an enriched community," said SAACA Executive Director Kate Marquez, "and preserving historic traditions creates a community rich in cultural abundance. That's something everyone can appreciate, regardless of background."

The 130 authentic artworks to be displayed by "museum-quality artists" include pottery, Hopi katsina dolls, paintings, jewelry, baskets, rugs, blankets and much more. Native American artists must show a certificate of tribal relation in order to showcase their works.

A portion of the event proceeds from the Spirit Native American Fine Art Festival benefit Tohono O'odham Community Action, Tohono O'odham Cultural Center and Museum, and the Arizona State Museum. These three nonprofit organizations play "key roles in Southern Arizona for the imperative preservation and continual research of native culture," the release said.

In giving money from the event directly back to Native American communities, "Spirit Festival sets itself apart from all other Indian art fairs," the release said.

Spirit Native American Fine Arts Festival

Saturday, Oct. 30, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and

Sunday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Desert Diamond Casino, I-19 and Pima Mine Road

$5 adults, ages 10 and younger free

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