Adopt a Native Elder Rug Show


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 weaver.

From its humble beginnings twenty 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.

The show will once again be held at the Snow Park Lodge at Deer Valley in Park City. Twenty-five Navajo Elders and their families will travel from the reservation and offer their weavings and other crafts for sale.

Here is a list of events that will occur throughout the show:

  • Friday, November 12th. Special Opening Event
    • 6 pm to 10 pm: Private preview and sale of traditional hand-woven Navajo rugs, jewelry, and crafts. Hors D’oeuvres will be served.
    • 7 pm to 8 pm: Entertainment.
    • 8 pm to 9 pm: Live auction featuring Weaving World Peace rugs.
  • Saturday, November 13th
    • 10 am to 6 pm: Sale of rugs, jewelry, and crafts.
    • 10 am: Crowning of the Shi Yazhi Navajo princess.
    • 1 pm: Weaving demonstration.
    • 4 pm: Grandma Native Idol contest.
  • Sunday, November 14th
    • 10 am to 6 pm: Sale of rugs, jewelry, and crafts.
    • 10 am: Veterans ceremony.
    • 1 pm: Weaving demonstration.
    • 3 pm: Closing Pow Wow.

Cost for the Friday special event is $30 (children under age 12 $10), and for the remainder of the show, $5 or canned food donation.

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