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Posted: Wednesday, January 28, 2009 12:00 am | Updated: 1:24 pm, Mon Apr 18, 2011.

The annual American Indian Exposition, a festival of Native American arts, music and dancing, runs from Jan. 31 through Feb. 15 at the landmark Flamingo Quality Hotel Ballroom, located at Stone and Drachman in Tucson.

Many Native American artists and crafts people come to the Tucson Gem, Mineral and Fossil Shows to collect high quality or difficult to find semi-precious stones, gems and beads, which they incorporate into jewelry and other works, a release said.

While they’re here, 40 artists from across the continent show and sell their works, from custom Navajo jewelry to horsehair baskets and kachina dolls. Blankets, pottery, paintings, quill work and more are available.

“It’s a cultural experience,” a release said, with demonstrations, live music, social dancing and food.

Admission is free. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. For information, call 622-4900.

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