Interested in sponsoring the 13th Annual Gila River Festival?

The 13th Annual Gila River Festival: Gathering the Gila, scheduled for September 21 – 24, will explore the intersection of native plants, foods, and medicines with the cultural histories of the Gila River and its watershed. The Festival features dynamic presentations and activities of all kinds, designed to foster a deeper intimacy with the Gila River, which has nurtured so many diverse cultures – those that have vanished, and those that remain.

Our stellar speakers include nationally renowned Ojibwe activist Winona LaDuke, who, in addition to environmental activism, works to preserve traditional foods in Native American diets. Ms. LaDuke will speak to the need to engage in stewardship of our water, land, and traditional native plant foods.

“Aural” historian Jack Loeffler will return to the festival with the presentation “Seeds of Consciousness,” featuring audio vignettes on gathering seeds, insights from indigenous peoples, and bioregional and watershed ideas from some of the Southwest’s most dynamic leaders. Engaged in the native food issue closer to home is Santa Clara Pueblo’s Roxanne Swentzell, who will speak about her experiential work to improve health of her people and restore Native culinary customs.

Miguel Santistevan, a dynamic teacher and experimental farmer, will examine the agricultural traditions of northern New Mexico acequia culture. In partnership with The Volunteer Center, we’ll offer workshops on harvesting and preparing foods made from the Gila’s native plants.

Joining the impressive festival lineup are Lyla June, an accomplished and inspiring poet, singer, and performer, and returning favorite Alex Mares, both of Diné ancestry. Mares will again lead a rock art field trip, a festival favorite. Photographer Diana Molina will explore the Gila region’s native plants through her art.

Saturday’s downtown Gila Extravaganza street fair will feature live music, spoken word poetry, tastings of native food products, kids’ activities, and the beloved Monsoon Puppet Parade. The Fort Sill Apache Fire Dancers will return for an encore performance.

As a river lover and sponsor of the Gila River Festival, your name or that of your business will be heavily promoted locally and regionally throughout New Mexico, Arizona, and West Texas. Please see reverse for specific sponsorship tiers and benefits. Note the sponsorship deadline to be included in promotional material is Friday, May 19.

I sincerely hope that you will join with other Gila River Festival supporters at the highest level you are able. On behalf of the festival organizers, and New Mexico’s last wild river, I thank you for your ongoing support of the Southwest’s premier nature festival!

For the Gila,

Donna Stevens,

Outreach Coordinator

Gila Conservation Coalition