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Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Deer Valley Rug Sale Benefits Elderly Navajos

The 19th annual Navajo Rug Show and Sale will be held this weekend at Deer Valley Resort's Snow Park Lodge, Nov. 7 - 9. The event allows guests to enjoy Navajo culture through song, dance, storytelling, and artwork, and to help support Native American elders by purchasing their custom-created rugs, jewelry, and art.

This year's theme is, "The Ceremony of Weaving." The featured weaver is Elizabeth Clah, a master weaver known for her creative designs depicting ceremonial themes as well as her use of inventive colors.

In attendance will be 25 Elders and their families, who will participate in a variety of popular events including:
- Demonstrations of Navajo weaving and culture.
- Special programs for school children.
- The annual Shi Yazi Princess Pageant.
- Navajo Veterans Ceremony
- Ceremonial Dances.

Over 700 rugs will be displayed and available for sale at the show. At the last rug show in November 2007 over 500 rugs were sold with all proceeds returning home with the weavers. Donations are also accepted.

The sale is part of the Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program. The program's website has details.


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