Adopt-A-Native-Elder Navajo Rug Show & Sale
Our Annual Rug Show & Sale is the only event of it’s kind in the world supporting traditional Navajo Elders. Every November Adopt-A-Native-Elder takes over the Snow Park Lodge at Deer Valley Resort in Park City Utah for a five-day show featuring more than 600 of the one of a kind weavings, incredible pieces of native jewelry, crafts, and the amazing culture of the Navajo people.
Our show is unique in many ways, the most important being that it is staffed by more than 200 volunteers, and 100% of all sales go directly to the artists. All the artists set the prices for their weavings and jewelry and take the proceeds home to help support themselves and their families throughout the difficult winter months.
During three days the show there are cultural presentations by the Elders including weaving demonstrations, singing, dancing, and a closing pow-wow before closing on Sunday.
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 Elders our program serves are the last generation of traditional indigenous people in the United States. We encourage as many people as possible to come and spend time with the Elders and their families before their culture and traditions are lost to time.
VOLUNTEER TO HELP AT THE RUG SHOW
Adopt-A-Native-Elder is grateful the years of support so many people have shown for the weavers. It is through your assistance and care that the Rug Show has become such a long-standing tradition. Thank you for being a pivotal part of our history.
As a volunteer for the Rug Show, we want you to have fun selling rugs, crafts and jewelry. Please arrive 30 minutes prior to your shift for a brief training. Overlapping shift times are designed to allow a brief lunch for volunteers who work the entire day.
To express respect for the Elders, long skirts are required for all women and business casual dress for men except during set-up and take-down.
Click HERE to make a financial donation to help keep this special event going.
Please visit 2019 Rug Show photos for more on the show.
For more information please contact our office 801-474-0535.