Each November the Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program sponsors a rug show and sale in Park City. At this event, we present the Elders' traditional weavings. During the show, there are a variety of programs centered around traditional Navajo culture. These include weaving demonstrations, dances, 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 25 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.
27th ANNUAL SHOW NOVEMBER 11 - 13, 2016
WEAVING ANCIENT DESIGNS
This year's rug show will feature many beautiful Navajo rugs with designs from Native pottery. Many of these designs reflect the beauty of Mother Earth and the desert sands and soil from which the pottery is produced.
The ancient designs tell the stories of many of the weavers' clans. The Eagle, Hummingbird and Butterfly Clans are all represented. Other clan animals such as Bear, Elk and Deer are also common. The weavers also like to use symbols of the mountains, clouds, corn and flowers to reflect the beauty of their land and its teachings.
Our weavers have found many pottery shards of ancestral cultures while out tending their sheep. Some have chosen to use these designs as well in their rugs.
Each rug reflects a part of what is sacred to the weaver in the material environment in which they live.
The show will once again be held at the beautiful Snow Park Lodge at Deer Valley in Park City, UT.
Here is a listing of events during the show:
(Click on the links to view more about each event)
- Friday November 11th, 6 pm to 10 pm. Admission $30 for adults, $10 for children under age 12.
- Preview and sale of traditional hand-woven Navajo rugs, jewelry and crafts.
- Hors d'oeuvres will be served.
- Entertainment, 7 pm to 8 pm.
- Live auction , 8 pm to 9 pm.
- Saturday November 12th, 10 am to 6 pm. Admission $5 or canned food donation.
- Sunday November 13th, 10 am to 6 pm. Admission $5 or canned food donation.
Click here to view the poster for the rug show.
DIRECTIONS AND LODGING
Click here for information about directions to the event and special lodging rates .
You are invited to become a part of the planning and preparations for the show. Visit the Volunteer Activities Page to see upcoming events for rug show volunteers.
If you are interested in volunteering at the show, please go to our online sign-up form. We are pleased again this year to offer the convenience of electronic sign-up. The site is very easy to use, and we look forward to seeing you at the show.
If you have additional questions, please contact Jessica Jacobson via email.
26th ANNUAL SHOW NOVEMBER 6 - 8, 2015
WEAVING CEREMONIAL BLANKETS
Our annual rug show was another big success last year with excellent sales allowing the weavers to return to their homes with resources to help them through the winter.
To see a slide show of photos from the show please click on this link.
Please consider making a donation to support the Rug Show and the work of the Program.
PURCHASE RUGS FROM OUR CURRENT CATALOG
If you are interested in purchasing a unique, one-of-a-kind rug made by one of our weavers, please visit the Rug Catalog.