The second Monday of October is Indigenous Peoples’ Day, and in recognition of this, Summerlin honored the sovereignty, resilience, and immense contributions that Native Americans have made to the community at the 26th annual Summerlin Festival of Arts through a cultural experience celebrating the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe and friends.
Handcrafted fine art and folk crafts from over 15 local Native American artisans were featured, as well as colorful and festive Native American dances. Each with a unique story or history and presented by Las Vegas Native Youth dancers, Calpulli Tlatelolco Azteca Chichimeca Dance Circle and Nuwu Woumeegah.
The Nuwu Art Collective includes fine art and live art demonstrations by celebrated local Native American artists, Fawn Douglas, Brent Holmes, and Ashanti McGee. With cultural revitalization and exploration as central themes for those who gather at Nuwu Art Collective, you would see drawings, paintings, sculptures, and weavings and hear oral histories and stories inspired by Native American, Indigenous Latin American, African American, and other cultural communities.
The significance and influence of our region’s Native American heritage have long been recognized and respected by the community of Summerlin and its developer, The Howard Hughes Corp. Evidence of this respect can be found in replicas of Native American rock art etchings in Red Rock Canyon that are prominently placed by HHC on overpasses along the 215 Beltway through Summerlin, as well as in HHC’s long history of ongoing work with federal and state governments and leaders of the Las Vegas Paiute Tribe.
Of special note are two landmark land exchanges between HHC and the Bureau of Land Management in 1988 and 2002 that helped establish the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area boundary, forever protecting it from development. The exchanges also enlarged the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area and increased protection of American Indian rock art and cultural sites.
These land exchanges, along with consultation between tribal nations, the federal government, and HHC, have been fundamental to the development of Summerlin.
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