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 featured 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 chose 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.
This year's show was another great success. Excellent sales provided welcome resources for our Elders and weavers to help them through the winter months. All proceeds from sales throughout the show went directly to the artists and their families.
Here is a link to a presentation of photos showing all aspects of the show. There are many photos here so it may take a little time to download.
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.