Pueblo Grande Indian Market: An Arizona Tradition of Holiday Shopping for All That Glitters

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Enjoy two days of shopping for authentic American Indian fine arts and crafts, delectable food and live entertainment at Pueblo Grande Indian Market on December 13 & 14, 2014.

Join us at Pueblo Grande Museum & Archaeological Park and enjoy two days of live entertainment, shopping at over 100 booths, a variety of Native American foods, American Indian-inspired fashion show presented by Cher Thomas Designs, interactive programs and activities in the ki:him (a village supported by Arizona Humanities Council). Participate in hands-on activities such as hoop dancing, drumming, archery, pottery, beading, weaving, drumming, story-telling, creating engravings in stone, throwing a rabbit stick and throwing a spear. Participate in the community art project paintings that will be created on each day at the Ki:him. These are fun, interesting and educational activities for people of all ages, plus, admission to the Pueblo Grande Museum is included in the admission cost for the Indian Market.

Still looking for that perfect something for someone special? Pueblo Grande Indian Market is the place to find it. Mark your calendar for a fun-filled weekend as the Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary hosts the 38th Annual Indian Market on December 13 & 14, 2014. The market will be held on the site of Pueblo Grande Museum at 4619 E. Washington St., Phoenix. Gates open at 9 am both days and tickets are starting at only $8 per person, with free entry for children 12 and under. You won’t want to miss it, especially if you are last-minute holiday shopping.

At the Market you’ll find one-of-a-kind pottery in an array of shapes and sizes. Beautiful instruments for play and display will be for sale along with clothing featuring intricate bead-work, fringe and colorful motifs. If you’re looking for some sparkle, shop the many booths showcasing necklaces, rings, cuffs and pins for sale. Chat with the artists who created them and learn about what inspired them. Take home a piece that’s authentic and hand-made by American Indian artists. Share their stories.

The 2014 Featured Artist of the 38th Annual Pueblo Grande Museum Indian Market is Hopi carver, Mavasta Honyouti, and his featured artwork is a piece titled The Soyoko Series #4 – The Offerings. Mavasta, an elementary school teacher from Hotevilla, Arizona on the Hopi reservation, comes from a long line of master carvers. His unique work is a fusion of traditional style and form using contemporary techniques. All of the pieces Mavasta creates embody the essence of nature, family, and prayer, through the journey of spirituality.

Mavasta’s featured artwork The Soyoko Series #4 - The Offerings tells a story of the annual visit from Soyoko. Soyoko represents the order of discipline. When she appears, it's a harsh reminder for all to conduct themselves respectfully in all aspects of daily life. Families make offerings of food, game, and prayers to the group so they can continue the cycle of renewing life. The view that is depicted is from the inside of a home, as the visitors arrive to receive their offerings.

This particular piece was created using a relief carving technique. It is completely hand carved from a slab of cottonwood root. Intricate details are formed using small blades and a wood burner. The colors are applied using acrylic paints. It is 11 inches wide and 12.5 inches at its highest point. Go to pueblogrande.org/indian-market/featured-artist/ for more information about Honyouti and his art. Visit the 38th Annual Indian Market on December 13 and 14 at Pueblo Grande Museum to meet Mavasta and purchase a piece of his art for yourself.

Ki:him Schedule:
Many of the demonstrators and instructors are providing lessons in history as they teach their special areas such as dry-farming techniques handed down from the ancestors and how those lessons still remain pertinent in Arizona today; or creating traditional and contemporary basketry, pottery, weaving, drum-making, jewelry-making, printing, cordage-making, painting and sculpture. Some of the demonstrators and instructors speak about and demonstrate ancient arts and religious experiences such as Kachina carving, sand painting, petroglyph art, arrowhead knapping, and the making of bows and arrows, reed flutes, burden baskets, atlatls and rabbit sticks. Tracking techniques may also be demonstrated along with hands on participation.

Weaving is an art handed down from generation to generation in the Navajo tradition and this is exemplified by Emily Malone and the Spider Rock Girls (Navajo) family of weavers. Emily and her daughter will speak about the different styles of weavings such as the Burntwater patterns, the Transitional patterns, the Ye’I patterns and Spider Rock designs.

Amil Pedro’s (Cahuilla Quechan, Gila, and Maricopa) proficiency in Native American paintings; flint knapping; gourd design; making atlatls, arrows, rabbit sticks, war bonnets and other traditional artifacts; and tracking led to his being honored with the Arizona Indian Living Treasure award. He has designed workshops and classes for both adults and children with a focus on “Honor the past-develop the future”. At the Ki:him, Mr. Pedro will discuss and assist in many hands-on activities including the use of an atlatl, throwing a rabbit stick and tracking. Mr. Pedro will also participate in story telling at the Story Telling Tree in the Ki:him.

Royce Manuel (Salt River Pima-Maricopa) has also been recognized for his cultural contributions and honored in 2013 with the Spirit of the Heard Award, an Arizona Indian Living Treasure. Mr. Royce will demonstrate bow and arrow making and continue with a hands-on activity where visitors will be able to practice shooting an arrow at a target using an authentic American Indian bow. Using “tools of yesterday”, Mr. Manual creates utilitarian objects such as the functional Men’s/Child’s Bow and Arrows, hand knapped arrowheads, traditional agave Kiaha (Pima burden basket), contemporary cotton Kiaha, traditional three hole flute using hybrid reeds, arrowhead necklaces and other items using agave cordage such as a gourd holder and a water carrier. As an educator, he has provided tribal and cultural education for individuals, groups and agencies.

Gordon Lewis (San Carlos Apache) and his group of five Apache Crown Dancers will demonstrate a crown dance in full regalia and body paint at the Ki:him before telling the story of these Mountain Spirit Dancers, providing visitors a deeper understanding and insight into the background for the sacred dance and the Apache way of life. The symbolism of the four crowns, the story behind the unique drum used in their dance and the materials that make up the crowns are just a few examples of what will be shared.    

Melanie Sainz (Hochunk Nation of Wisconsin) presents “My Transformation” wherein she provides audiences with a blend of American history and social commentary that honors the authentic voice of generations past. Through the stories associated with various parts of her traditional regalia, Ms. Sainz’s goal is to engage the audience is issues such as respect for our planet, honoring our ancestors, planned obsolescence and the significance of American Indian / First Nations place names. She promotes understanding and respect for the American Indian people and improvement of the human condition through social justice.

Story telling is also an important part of American Indian culture and we have incorporated that in the Ki:him. In the 2013 version of the Ki:him, Violet Duncan (Taino, Cree), author of several books and former Miss Indian World told stories at the Story Telling Tree. She also danced with her husband Tony Duncan (Apache, Arikara, and Hidatsa) who is a 5-time world champion hoop dancer. Together they tell their stories through dance at the Ki:him.

Andrew Harvier (Taos, Santa Clara Pueblo, Tohono O’odham), “Nana Kaa” (Aspen Leaf in the Northern Pueblo Tewa language) and his wife Judith (Santa Clara Pueblo) will be demonstrating their Northern Rio Grande style of willow weaving. Andrew will be talking about and demonstrating weaving techniques using red willow into animal figurines and dream weaves, also known as dream catchers. He will also present a type of basketry style which he designates and identifies as Northern Rio Grande style of red willow weaving; a form of basketry that is dying out. Andrew has made it his mission to redevelop this style of weaving. Each willow stem is hand gathered, sorted and woven into traditional basket bases and framework. This method was used from about 1800-1900 A.D. Color variations are due to the season in which the stems are harvested.

Zacharia Ben (Navajo / Dine’) will be creating a sand painting in a Ki:him tent where guests can observe the process and hear him describe the collection and use of natural stones in their paintings. His sand paintings depict Yeii Beii Chiis and other sacred Navajo figures. He is the lead singer in his own Yeii Beii Cheii (Nightway Ceremony) group and performs a ceremony which is done during the winter solstice. Mr. Ben has been apprenticing under his father, Joe Ben, Jr., learning to create ceremonial sand paintings and contemporary sand paintings. Mr. Ben is already a devoted Medicine Man to the Navajo people. Religion is another aspect in the study of humanities and the discussion of traditional Navajo religious teachings is an important aspect of that study.

Jacob Butler (Salt River Akimel O’odham) and Ron Carlos (Salt River Pima-Maricopa) will work together to discuss pottery making with the “paddle-anvil” technique. They will demonstrate how the pottery is painted and polished. They will lead a hanks-on program to help visitors to form a pottery object. They will also discuss etching of seashells using saguaro wine and demonstrate the use of a hand drill to string shells or leather disks into a necklace. Visitors will be able to use the hand drills and create necklaces to take with them. Mr. Butler may also discuss dry farming techniques used by his ancestors and still relevant today in the Sonoran Desert where Pueblo Grande Museum is located.

Alex Maldonado (Yaqui) will present a talk on Native drums. There are many different types of drums, from hand drums to pow wow drums. Alex crafted a pow wow drum for the 2013 Ki:him and demonstrated his carving techniques on the side of the drum. He also set up a drumming tent staffed by a professional drummer to lead visitors in drumming exercises. He creates a variety of rims out of different wood and of different depths to produce a variety of tones. He hand scrapes hides of cattle, deer, elk or buffalo that when cured, he uses for his drums. He makes his own drumsticks with leather heads and stuffs them with buffalo hair to go with each drum. His drums have been on display at the Musical Instruments Museum and he has been commissioned by that museum to make several drums. Mr. Maldonado is also a gifted flute maker. Most recently, he has opened the Two Hawks Studio and Gallery in Mesa, Arizona.

Damian Charette (Crow / Turtle Mountain Chippewa) will offer a printmaking demonstration. He works in a variety of printmaking processes including mono-type, woodcut, and lino cut, but he is best known for his collagraph prints on papel amate (bark paper). Mr. Charette is also an accomplished painter and muralist who incorporates aspect of Native American imagery, stories and contemporary life into his work in his effort to dispel stereotypes of American Indian people.

Painting is another medium for the human expression. In Randy Kemp (Euchee / Muscogee/ Choctaw) we have a talented artist who is a painter, print-maker, flutist, muralist and mixed media artist. He is an alumnus of the Katherine K. Herberger College of Arts at Arizona State University where he earned a bachelor of Fine Arts degree specializing in Painting. At the 2014 Ki:him, Mr. Kemp will lead a community painting project and completed a canvas on Saturday and one on Sunday. This is a truly collaborative community effort.

Ramona Button (Akimel O’odham) and her daughter Velvet will present the historical way of growing food crops; discuss the process of bringing traditional foods to the community; discuss the nutritional value of the foods they produce; offer cooked foods such as tepary beans for tasting; provide recipes using these products and sell packages of beans, flour and other products. She will describe how they saved the tepary bean from extinction.

Norbert Peshlakai (Navajo), a Master Silversmith and Goldsmith will be demonstrating and discussing these skills and jewelry design at the Ki:him. He will display jewelry as well as his silver and gold miniature bowls, pots and jars. Beginning in 1970, he continues the long tradition of his craft.

Another aspect in the study of humanities is art. In the Ki:him art is represented in the form of engravings in the rock art of David Morris (Choctaw) who uses stone hammers to produce designs on rock. In the Ki:him experience, Mr. Morris who serves as the Museum’s botanist provides painted shards of plaster of Paris to visitors who wish to incise designs into the shard using a stylus (12 d. nail) and ancient designs provided by Mr. Morris. The visitors are encouraged to take their work home as a memento of the experience.

Ryan Gashweseoma (Hopi) will demonstrate Kachina Doll carving at the Ki:him. For a hands on experience, he will introduce visitors to a game of Hopi Stickball. Also on display at his booth besides Kachina dolls will be a collection of custom made jewelry boxes made of exotic woods from Africa, South America, Asia, Europe and Australia.

Zarco Guerrero (Acja Chemem with the Juaneno band of Mission Indians), a sculptor, mask maker and performance artist dedicates his artistic endeavors to create positive social change through the arts. In 1985 PBS broadcast a one hour documentary about his art entitled “The Mask of El Zarco”. He has been the recipient of the Japan Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Arizona Governors Arts Award, the Artistic Excellence Award from the American Hispanics in Higher Education and the Esperanza Teacher of the Year Award among many others.

For all that glitters, go to Pueblo Grande Indian Market.

Plan to Go
Pueblo Grande Museum Auxiliary Presents
38th Annual Pueblo Grande Auxiliary Indian Market

Sat., Dec. 13, 2014
Sun., Dec. 14, 2014
Gates open at 9am both days

Pueblo Grande Museum
4619 East Washington Street, Phoenix, AZ 85034
(602) 495-0901 | http://www.pueblogrande.org/indian-market
Within Easy Walking distance from METRO Light Rail’s 44th Street and Washington Stop
Free Parking Available on site.

General Admission: $8 (1-day) $10 (2-day)
Members, American Indians, Military, Veterans – with tribal or military ID: $5 (1-day) $8 (2-day)
Children 12 & under enter free when accompanied by an adult

Partners: Casino Arizona, Blue Cross Blue Shield, AZ Humanities Council, City of Phoenix,SRP

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