Hundreds attend Rock the Canyon music, art festival

By Krista Allen
Western Agency Bureau

SHONTO CANYON, Ariz., June 12, 2014

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(Times photos - Krista Allen)

TOP: Musician Predell Skacy performs solo on Saturday morning during the 6th annual Rock the Canyon festival at Shonto Canyon, Ariz.

MIDDLE: Diné artist Johnson Yazzie takes part in a community painting on Saturday afternoon during the 6th annual Rock the Canyon at Shonto Canyon, Ariz.

BOTTOM: Diné artist Rueben Richards from Dennehotso, Ariz. demonstrates on Saturday morning his painting skills during the 6th annual Rock the Canyon in Shonto Canyon, Ariz.

The Hopi Clansmen sang here on Friday evening throughout the Rez Car Show during which the front man, former Hopi Chairman Ivan L. Sidney, sang in a rich baritone as an amphitheater audience danced along as his band offered country music.

Saturday morning started with a wholesome breakfast of oatmeal, pancakes, and Spam. A few yards away, Chapter President Elizabeth Whitethorne-Benally chatted with the overnight campers in line for a hot meal.

It was the big day of Rock the Canyon, an eagerly anticipated music showcase that has become one of the top tickets in Western Navajo and a haven for renowned Diné artists like Tony Begay, Beverly Blacksheep, Rueben Richards and Baje Whitethorne Sr.

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