Apacheland / Heritage Days

Date(s): 01/11/2020 - 01/12/2020     Time: 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


Page will be updated with this years events as details become avaiable

Celebrate the heritage of Apacheland, western movies, and the cowboy culture!

The Superstition Mountain Museum’s annual two-day Superstition Mountain Heritage Days, a celebration of the history, lore and culture of the Superstition Mountains and Apacheland Movie Ranch is scheduled for 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Jan.12th and 13th, 2019.

This is our annual fund-raiser, with the admissions charges going towards the upkeep and management of the Museum. Admission to the event is $5 per person; children 10 years of age and under will be admitted free.

Entertainment will be headlined by the world famous Yellow Bird Indian Dancers performing twice daily.

Internationally-renowned “Yellow Bird Productions” comprises members of the Duncan family based here in the Valley. At this museum event, they will be performing a repertoire of authentic Native American dances which are both colorful and educational. The dances are enhanced by commentaries.

Each day’s festivities will be opened by the San Carlos Apache Veterans Color Guard.
This year the Yellow bird Dancers will be bringing along some friends, two traditional dance groups, the Cibicue Apache Mtn Spirit Dancers, and the Zuni Pueblo Dancers.

There will also be live Native American Craft Demonstrators near the Amphitheater, a Pima/ Maricopa Basket & Pottery maker, a Navajo Silversmith, Hopi Kachina carver, and an Apache Agave fiddle maker.

John Wayne impersonator Ermal Williamson & wife Paula, the Champion Yodeler

John Wayne Impersonator Ermal Williamson and Champion Yodeler Paula Williamson will also be highlights of the two-day event, performing twice daily, in the Elvis Chapel.

Steve Cassat, known as “Cowboy Steve” will perform rope tricks and lariat feats at the Old West Town, and The Superstition Mountain Regulators gunfighter group will be presenting shoot outs at regular intervals.

Visitors can tour the historic Audie Murphy barn and the Elvis Chapel, the last remaining structures from Apacheland. Apacheland alumni Michael Dante, Charlie LeSueur, Ron Nix, Bob Roloff,   and Hank Sheffer will be on hand all weekend to sign their books and tell tales of the old days at the Apacheland movie ranch. Our Special guest this year is famed Western tv and movie star Don Collier, whose footprints will be cast in cement and added to the display in the Apacheland Barn.

Teton Ken and (Daisy the Donkey) Friend

Teton Ken, portraying the Dutchman, will be spinning tales of the Lost Dutchman Mine and demonstrating how to pan for gold.

The Stamp Mill will be running at 11:00 and 1:00, and the Big Trains will run all day.

on Saturday, author and Western Historian Lee Anderson, accompanied by his horse Concho, will be presenting several entertaining talks about real Cowboys versus Hollywood Cowboys.

On Sunday, local favorite Pat Boilesen will be int he Elvis Chapel singing songs of Patsy Montana, Marty Robbins, Patsy Cline, and others.

A number of Native American artists and Western vendors will offer merchandise for sale. Food will be available on the grounds.

A new, notable event added to the Heritage Days celebration this year is an evening musical performance featuring the Native American flute and guitar duos of Tony Duncan and Darrin Yazzie who perform on Canyon Records as “Singing Lights,” and Randy Kemp and Dean Yazzie, better known as “Artificial Red.” Also performing as part of this talent showcase will be Zarco and Carmen Gurrero. Tickets to this two-hour show beginning at 6 p.m. in the museum amphitheater are $10 per person. Gates open at 5:00, performance begins at 6:00.

Photos from this past event:

Artist & Crafter Vendor Application Forms (for 2019 Heritage Days):

2019 Heritage Days – Vendor Application Form (.pdf, 574kb)Application forms for Artist & Crafter space at this event is available online (below) and are also available in the Museum Store. Choose to complete most of the form online, then print and sign, or just print out the blank form, and complete/sign it by hand.

2019 Vendor Application Form – Heritage Days & Apacheland Reunion 2019 (.pdf, 574kb)

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