The 19th annual Navajo Rug Show and Sale,"The Ceremony of Weaving," will take place at Deer Valley Resort's Snow Park Lodge, Nov. 7 - 9. The annual event provides guests the opportunity to enjoy Native American culture through song, dance, storytelling, and artwork, and to help support Native American elders by purchasing their custom-created rugs, jewelry, and art.
The Rug Show is organized by the Adopt-A-Native Elder Program (ANE) of Park City. Director Linda Myers started the program nearly 21 years ago to build a bridge between Native American and other cultures. "These events offer attendees a unique opportunity to learn more about the Navajo culture, witness traditional ceremonies, and meet 25 Elders and their families who will travel from their native homeland for the rug show and sale," says Myers.
All proceeds from the sale of rugs woven by the Elders in the program go directly to the weaver. This year's show will highlight weaver Elizabeth Clah, a master weaver known for her creative designs depicting ceremonial themes as well as her use of inventive colors. Over 700 rugs will be displayed and on sale at the show.
The event opens Friday, Nov. 7, with a fund raiser from 6 - 10 p.m. at Deer Valley's Snow Park Lodge. Hors d'oeuvres, refreshments, Native American and Western entertainment, rug exhibits, live entertainment, live auction of donated artwork, trips, and special gift packages make up the night. Tickets are $30 for adults and $10 for children under 12. They can be purchased at the door or with a credit card by calling (435) 649-0535.
The Rug Show and Sale continues on Saturday, Nov. 8 and Sunday, Nov. 9 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. each day. Admission price is $5 cash and/or $5 worth of donated canned goods per day. A variety of events are planned throughout the two-day event including Native American dancing, poetry, wool carding demonstrations, and storytelling. The food and clothing collected during the Rug Show and Sale, and all proceeds generated from the sale of rugs and jewelry, go directly to the Elders. call Deer Valley Resort at (800) 424-DEER (3334), or (435) 649-100 for more information.