Native American Celebration Mission Statement
To educate and share the proud heritage of the
Native American community to the world through music and dance,
cultural displays, entertainment and the arts, both traditional
and contemporary. To foster self-sufficiency and self-reliance
for all Native Americans through entrepreneurship, sound financial
practices and integrity. Lift Native Americans to a higher
level of self-worth so that they will achieve their individual
and community potential.
501(c) 3 Non-Profit Organization (Pending review)
Native American Celebration is a 501(c) 3 non-profit
organization dedicated to the above mission statement. We
encourage you to donate to this cause through tax-deductible
donations or volunteer service.
FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT - CAL NEZ:
"Walking Together. Peace and Unity. The Native American
Celebration in the Park is about the Native American people
as a whole and not one single person. My passion is to promote
the Native American people and continue to have our drum and
"My dream is one day the Native American
people can reach out to one another and place great value
in each other. As I have traveled throughout the United States,
like during one of my recent trips to New York City, I realized
with great shock the true reality of being a Native American.
I have always heard that the Native Americans are less then
3% of the entire population in the United States regardless
of us being the Indigenous people and boy, did I realize this
truth. Even in the short time I was in New York, I missed
my people. I only saw waves and waves of people of many cultures
and nationalities and in the 4 days I was there I never saw
one single Native American. From that time forth I had a greater
appreciation for my people."
"However I find several questions unanswered.
I just hope that one day our People can begin to see this
reality. Everyone is important. We should all hold hands.
There is no room for jealousy, envy and hatred while other
cultures are bypassing us. Our people have great spiritual
knowledge, we should use to benefit the goodness of our people.
Pray for our children to be good people, pray for better schools,
pray for world peace, pray for goodness, pray for love, pray
for unity, pray for well-being, pray for happiness."
"Peace and Unity. Let's Walk Together"
Cal Nez, Dine', Tachiinii Clan born for the
Tanaszanii Clan originally from Tocito New Mexico. He was
raised by Grandparents, of the late Bitonie and Mary B. Nez.
He only spoke the Navajo language until he entered Bureau
of Indian Affairs Boarding School operated in nearby Sanostee,
New Mexico. Cal takes pride in being a Navajo person bridging
the gap between cultures. He gives special thanks to the support
of his loving wife, Yolanda.
ALSO A GRAPHIC DESIGNER/ARTIST
Cal Nez believes he is an artist first. All of Cal's art is
original art work. He believes if one looks closely at his
work you will begin to touch their soul and understand what
Cal means by cross-cultural communication. In 1973, Cal left
his homeland and traveled to Salt Lake City, Utah with the
approval of his grandparents and then graduated from South
High School where he studied fine arts and graphic design.
"May there be beauty before us. May there
be beauty behind us. May there be beauty above and below us.
May there be beauty all around us."