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Native American Days underway in Parker

October 7, 2018

The 46th Annual Colorado River Indian Tribes Native American Days Fair & Expo is underway at Manataba Park outside Parker, and continues through tonight. Events scheduled for Saturday include a parade in downtown Parker that starts at 10 a.m. The theme this year is “Spirit of Volunteerism,” and the fair is dedicated to the late Ingrid Stanley, who died in June 2017. She was a member of the Fair Board for many years as well as a member of the CRIT Fire Department.

Native American Days honors the Colorado River Indian Tribes. The reservation was founded in 1865, and originally consisted of two tribes, the Mohave and the Chemehuevi. Following World War II, Hopis and Navajos from Northern Arizona “colonized” the reservation. The four tribes have contributed to the cultural diversity of the Parker area.

There will be a reunion performance of Parker World Nation at 6 p.m. on the Manataba Park Stage. PWN consisted mostly of children from the area who recorded an album, “Songs of the Colorado River,” in 1995. This year, 2018, marks the 25th anniversary of the forming of the group.

Native American actor and comedian Tatanka Means will be performing live at 7 p.m. on the Manataba Park stage.

There will be many other events as well. There’s a carnival midway and interesting displays in the Exhibit Hall. One of the most colorful events of a pow wow, the Grand Entry, will take place at 7 p.m. on the ballfield at Manataba Park.

Admission is $5. To reach Manataba Park from Lake Havasu City, come into Parker on State Route 95 and go straight at the light at California Avenue (there’s a Pizza Hut and two Terrible Herbst gas stations at this intersection). Follow the road past the big water tanks and past Parker Indian Hospital. You’ll go down a hill and you will see the fairgrounds in the distance on the left. Parking is free.

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