The downtown corridor of historic Globe will be a pageant of color and sound on Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 as the 30th annual Apache Jii (Day) celebration gets under way.
A traditional Apache prayer and the national anthem sung in Apache will begin the festivities at 9 a.m. A full day of entertainment, arts and crafts booths and savory foods is planned for the event, which will held in front of the historic courthouse in downtown Globe.
Tribal royalty in full traditional dress and native entertainers from flute players to hoop dancers will be on hand for a day packed with activities.
The day begins in front of the historic courthouse at the corner of Broad and Oak, one block east of the U.S. Highway 60. Opening ceremonies feature a traditional Apache prayer, followed with the national anthem sung in Apache.
Booths featuring jewelry, painting, beading, wood and stone carving and more are planned for the street fair. Entertainment, including crown dancers, hoop dancers and native flute players, is planned throughout the day and no one will go hungry if they stop by the food booths which will feature everything from delicious Apache fry bread and Indian tacos to more traditional dishes like acorn stew.
There is no admission charge for Apache Jii, an event originally started as a thank you to the San Carlos Apache Nation, which borders Globe to the east. The festival has grown every year and offers a unique chance for visitors to talk one-on-one with Native Americans from throughout the Southwest. There is nothing like choosing a piece of jewelry or artwork after visiting with the artist who designed it.
Chat with colorfully dressed tribal royalty from throughout the Southwest and enjoy their educational and entertaining presentations in the central performance area.
Apache Jii is hosted by the Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Golden Eagle Distributors, Apache Gold Casino and Resort, APS and the City of Globe.
Globe is located 90 minutes east of Phoenix on U.S. 60. For more information on Apache Jii, please call the Globe-Miami Chamber of Commerce at 1-800-804-5623.