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Posted: Tuesday, October 9, 2012 5:45 pm

If weekend after weekend of beer festivals have left you hankering for an outing with a little more cultural value, head to the Chandler Indian Art Market.

You’ll find live entertainment by storytellers, dancers, singers and musicians — including the acclaimed Yellow Bird Dancers and the band Clan/destine. There are also booths full of authentic Native-crafted jewelry, pottery, Katsina carvings and weavings.

But you can take the experience beyond the street fair by checking out the 2012 Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Pageant.

Five young women from Arizona Indian tribes will share their cultures’ principals and values through songs, dance, stories, dress and humor, competing in talent, traditional dress, interviews and other categories. Each woman receives a scholarship, and the winner serves as an ambassador for Arizona tribes for a year.

The Chandler Indian Art Market is 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 12, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Oct. 13, and noon to 4 p.m. Oct. 14 at Dr. A.J. Chandler Park, 3 S. Arizona Ave. Admission is free. The Miss Indian Arizona Scholarship Program is 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for children 12 and younger.

For information, call (480) 782-2735 or visit ChandlerAZ.gov.

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