PHOENIX – With 22 indigenous tribes represented statewide, Arizona has one of the richest indigenous cultures in North America.
In honor of the Valley’s Native American community, the Phoenix Suns welcome Native American Heritage Night supported by APS at the Footprint Center this Friday, November 19.
The evening will be filled with Indigenous-themed entertainment, starting with a pre-game traditional hoop dance performance by Tony Duncan Productions. Fans entering the arena will be greeted by the sounds of decent DJ Neon N8TVS from Navajo and San Carlos Apache in the Decent Footprint Center pavilion and DJ Tomahawk Bang from Tohono O’odham located in the Dos Equis Beer Garden. The national anthem will be performed by Phoenix singer Kahara Hodges in her Navajo native language, Diné (Navajo meaning, “The People”). The celebration continues at halftime with a powwow style dance performance with a hip-hop influence from the famous Indigenous Enterprise, recently featured in The New York Times.
In collaboration with local Indigenous artist Breeze, of Tohono O’odham origin, the first 5,000 fans in attendance will receive a Phoenix Suns t-shirt dedicated to our Indigenous communities in the valley.
“Designing the shirt is a special thing for me. I feel like the circle has come full circle, ”artist Breeze said. “As a child, I remember my grandfather was a huge Suns fan. My grandfather sat in his truck and listened to Suns games on the radio. Unfortunately when he passed it was after one of our best seasons. But after that I focused on the art so the design of this shirt loops back again with art and suns and reminds me of my grandfather.
A separate t-shirt, the object of the game, presents the interpretation of the word Sun in all 22 Arizona tribal languages on the chest.
Friday tickets Native American Heritage Night supported by APS are still available and can be purchased by visiting Suns.com/SingleGame. Take advantage of the best ticketing deals and benefits by becoming a PayPal SixthMan Season Ticket member at Suns.com/Membership and be sure to visit Suns.com for the latest team stories on and off the field.
About Suns Legacy Partners, LLC
Suns Legacy Partners, LLC operates the Phoenix Suns, Phoenix Mercury, and Footprint Center. The Suns are Arizona’s original professional sports franchise, anchored by 2021 Coach of the Year Monty Williams, 2021 Executive Director of the Year James Jones, and a roster including future Hall of Fame member. renowned Chris Paul and the All-Star Devin Booker. Three-time WNBA champion Phoenix Mercury celebrates his 25th season led by Diana Taurasi, Brittney Griner and Skylar Diggins-Smith. Footprint Center in the heart of downtown Phoenix, recently underwent a $ 245 million transformation, making it the preeminent sports and entertainment destination in the Southwest and a living laboratory for sustainability.