Navajo Rug Show and Sale Returns to Park City

By Kurt Peterson and Bronson Calder
Nov 01, 2012

Each November the Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program sponsors a rug show and sale in Park City. At this event we present the traditional weavings of the Elders. During the show there are a variety of programs centered around traditional Navajo culture. These include dances, demonstrations, special entertainment, and a fund raising auction. All proceeds from the sale of rugs woven by the Elders in the Program go directly to the weavers. From its humble beginnings twenty-three years ago, with just a few rugs at the Kimball Arts Center, the Annual Rug Show and Sale has evolved into what may be the largest event of its kind in the country. The Rug Show helps Adopt-A-Native-Elder create a market for the Elders’ crafts and raise awareness about the Elders’ needs. The Elders bring rugs, jewelry, and baskets to sell. They return home with all the proceeds from their sales. The money enables them to buy food, firewood, and hay during the winter. 23rd ANNUAL SHOW NOVEMBER 2 - 4, 2012 This year we are turning our eyes to the sky, the night sky, to be specific. Much Navajo lore centers around the sky. The sun, the moon, and the stars all play important roles in Navajo cosmology, and Navajos have their own constellations representing the Star Beings. Weavers have sent us a number of rugs showing their interpretations of the night sky. Some of the rugs depict the constellations while others show the weaver's homeland in relation to the sky. It's a fascinating new world for us to explore. Here is a listing of events during the show: • Friday November 2nd, 6 pm to 10 pm. Admission $30 for adults, $10 for children under age 12. o Preview and sale of traditional hand-woven Navajo rugs, jewelry and crafts. o Hors d'oeuvres will be served. o Entertainment, 7 pm to 8 pm. o Live auction featuring Weaving The Night Sky Rugs, 8 pm to 9 pm. • Saturday November 3rd, 10 am to 6 pm. Admission $5 or canned food donation. o Sale of rugs, jewelry, and crafts throughout the day. o 10:00 am - Navajo children's princess pageant. o 1:00 pm - Weaving demonstration. o 4:00 pm - Navajo Grandma Idol contest. • Sunday November 4th, 10 am to 6 pm. Admission $5 or canned food donation. o Sale of rugs, jewelry, and crafts throughout the day. o 10:00 am - Veterans ceremony. o 1:00 pm - Weaving demonstration. o 3:00 pm - Closing Pow Wow.

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