100th anniversary of Shiprock Navajo Fair 2011

The Oldest and Most Traditional of the Navajo Fairs is held each fall in the Navajo Land where the Navajo people of the Four Corners come to celebrate the year’s harvest with a community celebration.

The Shiprock Fair started in 1911 and we have photos below of the 1913 fair.

Ya’at’eeh (Welcome) 

The fair will be held from Wednesday, September 28,   to Sunday, October 9, 2011

The Northern Navajo Nation Fair for 2011 Official Website

Facebook Page

Parade Begins Saturday, October 8, at 2011 7:45 am

Click here for Parade Entry Form (PDF file)

My name is Delilah Goodluck, I am the Public Information Officer for the Navajo Nation Nation Museum’s Special Events Section, otherwise known as the Navajo Nation Fair Office in Window Rock AZ.  The Special Events Section has been called in to assist the Northern Navajo Nation Fair (NNNF) staff in Shiprock, NM. Currently, an official website is not available for the NNNF. I have information on the NNNF.

Please call the NNNF Office at 505-368-5789

Or reach me at me 928-309-0207 or  email me at delilah@navajonationmuseum.org

Thank you.

The Shiprock Navajo Fair for 2011 is celebrating its 100th year anniversary.

Shiprock Northern Navajo Nation Fair for 2011 theme:
100 Years of Harvesting and Healing as we teach our children our heritage and come together with our neighbors, friends, and family.

Northern Navajo Nation Fair Schedule of Events

Click Here to download a 8 1/2 by 11 pdf file of the below  schedule

Northern Navajo Nation Fair Schedule of Events

Northern Navajo Nation Fair Schedule of Events

POW WOW Contest -Traditional Song & Dance

POW WOW Contest -Traditional Song & Dance

The Shiprock Northern Navajo Fair is the oldest and most traditional Navajo fair on the Navajo Nation.



Navajo President Ben Shelly and wife Martha at Shiprock Fair
Navajo President Ben Shelly and wife Martha at Shiprock Fair
Shiprock Fair 1913, trader's booths, Navajos and cattle

Shiprock Fair 1913, trader's booths, Navajos and cattle

It is held to coincide with the conclusion of an ancient Navajo healing ceremony. The Night Way, a nine-day chant is commonly called “Yeiibichei” ceremony.

 

The fair offers  events including NNRA Sanction Rodeo, POW WOW Contest, Traditional Song & Dance, Gourd Dancers and crafts, exhibits of horticulture, science, agriculture and livestock. The Miss Northern Navajo competition, a baby contest, concerts to comedians, song and dance competitions. Food concessionaires, a carnival and of course the SNF parade through the main street of Shiprock on Saturday, October 8, 2011 at 7:45 AM.

Shiprock Fair Parade

Shiprock Fair Parade

 

Some of the events

Thursday, October 6, 2011
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm Blues Festival Jam

Friday, October 7, 2011
7:00 pm Northern Navajo Nation PBR “Suicide Prevention Awareness Day” – Wear Purple & Turquiose
4:00 pm – 11:00 pm Rap/Hip Hop Show

Saturday, October 8, 2011
7:45 am Parade BEGINS
1:00 pm NNRA Sanction Rodeo
7:00 pm NNRA Sanction Rodeo
7:00 pm – 11:00 pm Country Concert
10:00 am – Midnight Metal Show

CONTEST POW WOW

OCTOBER 6th  THURSDAY
7:00 PM 11:00 PM Round Dance

OCTOBER 7th  FRIDAY
3:00 PM Registration Opens
5:00 PM Gourd Dance Begins
7:00 PM Grand Entry

OCTOBER 8th  SATURDAY
9:00 AM Registration Opens
11:00 AM Gourd Dance Begins
1:00 PM Grand Entry; Registration Closes
5:00 PM Supper Break; Gourd Dance Begins
7:00 PM Grand Entry

 

More photos of the 1913 Shiprock Fair

Shiprock Fair 1913, Ed Davies' Two Grey Hills Trading Post Booth

Shiprock Fair1913, Ed Davies' Two Grey Hills Trading Post Booth

 

Shiprock Fair 1913, Ed Davies' Two Grey Hills Trading Post Booth

Shiprock Fair 1913, Ed Davies' Two Grey Hills Trading Post Booth

 

 

Shiprock Fair 1913, San Juan School display of produce and Navajo blankets

Shiprock Fair 1913, San Juan School display of produce and Navajo blankets

 

Shiprock Fair 1913 - Navajo men, women and children with Navajo Rugs

Shiprock Fair 1913 - Navajo men, women and children with Navajo Rugs

Comments

  1. I was browsing the web and came across your website regarding the Navajo Indians and the Shiprock Fair.
    I am the curator of the Museum of NC Handicrafts in the historic Shelton House. According to our records William Taylor Shelton served as Superintendent of Shiprock Reservation and was the founder of this Fair. The historic home I work in was built by his parents and he took ownership of it in 1905 but did not return to Waynesville, NC until 1916. We have lots of information, photos, and newspaper articles during the time he and his wife, Hattie, lived on the reservation.
    I always admired Will for founding the Navajo Fair. To me, I felt he gave them a renewed hope in their future. Thank you for allowing me to share this information.

  2. These pictures are history because of the color and the pictures are so old. HAVE FUN @ THE 100TH ANNUAL NORTHERN NAVAJO FAIR

  3. how was shiprock fair ? how did u like the place. because I was there wasing Shiprock Fair Parade it was cool? my aunt was sale same food and walk around.i went on same ride it was fun with my family. play game and talk pic.

  4. Melvin Masquat says

    hozho 🙂

  5. Just wanted to make a few comments about ship rock fair. A lot of improvements need to be made if this fair is to successful in the future. Paved areas for parking, walkways and proper plumping for actual restrooms is severely needed . Its unpleasant to see folk by the 100s waiting in line just to use the restroom…especially the elderly . Also Ive come to notice that a lot of elderly are present at the fair… Handicap parking and proper entrances for the elderly should be in place. Ive also noticed that tourism is not a priority for the fair…. just think if people from around the country not just the Navajo nation came the fair would increase it’s revenue making the fair even more profitable. Also alcohol seems to be a very major problem for the fair and makes the fair seems unsafe. Lets just say Organization is key here. It’s the year 2011 lets make it modern. Another idea.. Fair entrance fees??? Another important matter Emergency response teams??? A poor lady got hit by a flying apple and was knocked unconscious it took 17 minutes to find her location??? Lets make the 21 century Fair ground for ship rock. Put the Navajo people first they are who make up the fair. Without them there would be no fair. Lets put our minds together. Lets organize and come up with solutions and not play the blame game. We can make the fair traditional and modern together.

  6. You are doing a great job Garry Jay for coordinator the Parade. Keep Up the Good Work. This goes out to each an everyone who’s working on the 100th annual Shiprock Fair. Keep It UP!!!
    Visit us at http://www.wix.com/workinprogress10/workin-progress

  7. I have been working with several artist of Shiprock area community. The group in coordinace of myself of the Navajo Nation Museum and James King to make a positive move from the artist community to show positive creative work. The artists are refacing the Arts & Crafts building to create a festive fair grounds for the community of Shiprock and fair visitors. Come out to volunteer your time to make the fair a great, fun realilty. Being positive is always best!

  8. Natasha Clark-Gonzales says

    Thank you so much for posting an updated info page of our Shiprock Northern Navajo Fair! It’s informative and the old photographs are intriguing! Such Beatiful Navajo People. This year I am looking forward to purchasing the 100th Anniversary Shiprock Fair Magazine presented by our Shiprock Historical Society. I’ve heard it is a very well published magazine with gorgeous photos and illustrations by our own people, the Dine’. I understand the Fair Board have also published another magazine, which I also am interested in purchasing.
    Thank you all for your positive and personal honest opinions! I am looking forward to seeing everyone and once again experiencing the fun-noisy-dusty-Wonderful Fairgrounds! Enjoy All and Be Safe!

  9. Be very careful when demanding “modern” – you may ruin the festival and become a cheap and tacky gang land carnival just like the fair in Phoenix. Nice restrooms are perfect, but keep the fair humble with true Indian traditions and Indian made items – no imports, not made in China. Real dirt feels great, much better than concrete and asphalt in Phoenix. It is very important to keep the soul in this fair!

    … from a white Phoenician whose hertiage has been cheaply modernized out of existance – hoping you can get a grip on yours. It is so rich, you must preserve it!!!

  10. No one goes to our homes, holds a gun to our heads to force us to go to the fair, you don’t like it, don’t go.. it’s that simple….better yet..instead of sitting around and complaining, be proactive, get up and do something! BE A PART OF THE SOLUTION, NOT THE PROBLEM… just saying….

  11. TO laura smith… you sound like you have a problem with “the people” needing an overhaul, stay away with that nasty attitude!!!! THE BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE OF THE DINE NATION DO NOT NEED YOUR ATTITUDE!

  12. You said it Fred, tell it like it is.

  13. Changes have been made to the Northern Navajo Nation Fair Schedule of Events. Click on this link to see the latest updates.
    http://navajopeople.org/blog/northern-navajo-nation-fair-2011-events-calender/

  14. Hello All,
    Well, can’t get any more “Traditional” than that(dust, dirty, smelly outhouses, broken down buildings), since the Shiprock Fair itself claims it is “The Most Traditional Navajo Fair”, it doesn’t say “Modern Fair” in any way shape or form. 100 years ago, none of these ‘modern’ amenities existed, just take a look at the pictures, you don’t see anyone complaining about being at the fair, or exhibits(Yes I’m aware you can’t literally “see” people complaining). You always have a choice of not going, which gives the rest of us more room to roam, less waiting time in line for the rides, foodstands and of course, the smelly outhouses, and less grumpy people to deal with. I bet people who are complaining on here don’t complain as much when they go to the local WalMart/Target/Sam’s Club stores, they have their share of dirty restrooms, grouchy/grumpy people, just not as dusty. Just go there and have good time, make the best of it, and it’s mostly for the kids anways. The only ones that do the complaining are the “Grown-ups”, but not the Children and the Elders. And please, show some respect to the Police Officers, Fair Employees, and Security Guards while at the Fair, they are only doing their jobs. Take care of your kids, the Elders, and most of all, yourselves. Hope to see you all there, with your sunburnt, dirt-crusted, greezy faces and hickied-up necks/jaws/cheeks(YES, I’ve seen people munched on their cheeks!!), ENJOY, Shii Dine’ee!! =)

  15. Delilah Goodluck says

    Free BBQ: Oct 6th, Thursday 3pm at City Market Parking Lot

    Admission Fees: $10 13&UP, $5 12&Under/60+, $25 3-Day Pass (Admission covers all events within Fairgrounds i.e. Rodeo, Powwow, Song & Dance, Entertainment, etc… No separate entry costs within fairgrounds with the exception of Carnival)

  16. kelly Esparsen says

    I agree with Mr. Henry, wow! no clean bathrooms, very dirty and dusty gounds

  17. Marlene Cody says

    Can someone please let me know if the cookout was today or next week.

  18. I have to agree with L. Henry statement. the whole shiprock area needs an over haul,

  19. I have to agree with L. Henry statement. the whole shiprock area needs an over haul, including the people themselves

  20. Wow, the 100th Northern Navajo Fair? I’m not that old yet but, hopefully this year’s fair is at least a little better than years before. The Fair Board definitely need to focus on a better fair ground place with up to date restrooms with running water of course, especially to accomodate several stalls in several areas of the fair grounds. Also to focus on having the ground to be paved and a more up to date buildings for the exhibit halls. My gosh 100yrs and still no actual improvement to date. I do understand the beginning years but now for the last 20 yrs, it should of at least have had some upgrades. You indicate the proud 100th year,BUT with such shame the same old place, buildings, etc. Come on!!!! Make some improvements for the next coming years, that’s if NO ONE embezzles the money again or start pointing fingers, BUT whomever the fair board members are for the previous and upcoming years, you should be ashamed of yourselves for embezzling the money that was made from the previous years from the fair. Hope the next fair board members actually make a difference and change to make it more memorable and enjoying!

  21. Raina Ramirez says

    Please provide the cost of entrance to the fair grounds, activities.

  22. Delilah Goodluck says

    My name is Delilah Goodluck, I am the Public Information Officer for the Navajo Nation Nation Museum’s Special Events Section, otherwise known as the Navajo Nation Fair Office. The Special Events Section has been called in to assist the Northern Navajo Nation Fair (NNNF) staff in Shiprock, NM. Currently, an official website is not available for the NNNF. I have information on the NNNF. Please call the NNNF Office me at 928-309-0207 or you may email me at delilah@navajonationfair.com. Thank you.

  23. Custom made banners for the parade float. Please email me at music2ears@yahoo.com if you want a custom banner made. I charge 2.50 per. square foot.

  24. Thank you I fixed it on the website,

  25. Thomas L. Cody says

    The phone number is wrong it should be 505-368-5789.

  26. Thank you for finding my mistake.
    I changed it to the correct year of the photo 1913.

  27. Shiprock fair in 1813? Older than 100 yrs.

  28. Marjorie Natonabah says

    Please provide the daily events from September 28th through October 9th, 2011. Thank You.

  29. what is the parade theme, I would like to have entry form for parade, if not to late, for our Klagetoh Community, in Ganado

  30. Do you have more detailed schedule for the fair and yeiibichei? Cant find anything online and the fairs website is not updated since last year.