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The Ak-Chin Indian Community Celebrates Its 25th Annual Him-Dak Anniversary

This year, the Ak-Chin Indian Community held its 25th Annual Him-Dak Celebration on April 2 with several cultural and family fun activities.

Childrens PlaygroundThis year, the Ak-Chin Indian Community held its 25th Annual Him-Dak Celebration on April 2 with several cultural and family fun activities. The 5K color run, along with a fun run/walk, started things off. The day also included dance performances from various Native American groups, artist demonstrations and basket weaving. As part of the celebration, there were plenty of food booths, arts and crafts, and large bounce house play areas for the children to enjoy.

Ak-Chin Fire DepartmentThe 5K color run and fun run/walk both started at the Old Fire Station and ended at the EcoMuseum. These two events began with a blessing from Ak-Chin Royalty. The participants each received a t-shirt designed by Waylon Antone, Ak-Chin Indian Community member and artist. Prizes were awarded to the first, second, and third place race finishers in both the male and female categories in the 5K color run and in the 5k fun run/walk.

Melonie and Holly Antone - Ak-Chin Indian CommunityEcoMuseum Employees

Ak-Chin Indian Community Him-Dak EcoMuseum Employees, Melonie and Holly Antone

The Him-Dak festivities began with a welcome from the master of ceremonies, Chairman Robert Miguel, along with the presentation of awards for the 5K color run and fun run/walk. Performers included the Morning Star Leadership Youth Council, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community with bird dancing and singing by the river, Native American hoop dancer Kevin Duncan, and Yaqui deer dancer Norberto Coronado. Artist demonstrations took place from 9 a.m. to noon and included basket weaving by Sally Antone and oil painting by Joseph Smith and Dwayne Antone. It was a day full of cultural and festive celebrations for the community.

Basket Weaving MaterialsThe Him-Dak EcoMuseum displays include artifacts along with oil paintings, watercolor paintings, hand-made baskets, and weaves created by Ak-Chin Indian Community members.  Cowboy Lifestyle Network published a very informational article last September about the history and heritage of not only the Community, but when and how the Him-Dak EcoMuseum came to be. For this information visit

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